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Seafarer Stories: Deyan Nedelchev, Chief Officer

Our ‘Seafarer Stories’ column hosts seafarers’ views who present briefly the key challenges of life and work onboard, providing a picture of what a career at sea actually means. In this context, we are happy to host an interview with Mr. Deyan Nedelchev who is Chief Officer on a crude oil tanker and the last four years he is working with Euronav.

Seafarer Stories: Capt.James Foong, Master Mariner

Our ‘Seafarer Stories’ column hosts seafarers’ views who present briefly the key challenges of life and work onboard, providing a picture of what a career at sea actually means. In this context, we are happy to host an interview with Captain James Foong, a 33 years old Malaysian Master Mariner with 15 years of sailing experience.

Seafarer Stories: Capt. Angelos Lekkas, Master

Capt. Angelos Lekkas who has been working with Maran Gas Maritime since 2002, talks about the daily challenges of life at sea, highlighting how important is for shipping companies to invest in seaman welfare. ”Mental health on board is very critical and the industry shows to recognise that over the past years” he comments. 

Seafarer Stories: Capt. Ioanna Tzovara, First Officer

We are happy to host an interview with Capt. Ioanna Tzovara who has been working with Celebrity Cruises since 2018, being part of a great team which motivates her daily. In addition, she shares unique stories from her sailing experience while highlights that Internet is a necessity not a luxury; thus it should be available and accessible for everybody working at sea.

Seafarer Stories: Yrhen Bernard Balinis, Ordinary Seaman

We are happy to host an interview with Yrhen Bernard S. Balinis, an ordinary seaman from Philippines, who inspire us with his story. Yrhen shares his life-changer experience and explains why working at sea is a ‘continuous learning progress’ 

Seafarer Stories: Capt.Darjan Kopajtic, Chief Officer

We are happy to host an interview with Capt. Darjan Kopajtic who has been working with CMA CGM since 2012. Capt. Kopajtic says that working at sea provides a unique experience; nonetheless this career has many responsibilities and is fulfilled with pressure and stress from the very first till day crew sign off.

Seafarer Stories: Capt. Maria Agius, Chief Officer

Capt. Maria Agius has been working with Celebrity Cruises since 2015. Capt. Agius acknowledges fatigue as a key challenge for life onboard; nonetheless, there are several ways of tackling fatigue and essentially ensuring the wellbeing of all seafarers onboard, she says.

Seafarer Stories: Capt. Maria Koliou, Chief Officer

Capt. Maria Koliou has been working with Celebrity Cruises since 2017. Before joining Celebrity Cruises, she worked with Anangel Maritime Services for seven years. Capt. Koliou sailed for the first time in 2010 and she shares her experience, highlighting that  working at sea is adventurous and demanding but also one of a kind experience. 

Seafarer Stories: Capt. Ayse Asli Basak, Port Captain

Our ‘Seafarer Stories’ new column hosts seafarers’ views who present briefly the key challenges of life and work onboard, providing a picture of what a career at sea actually means. In this context, we are happy to host an interview with Capt Ayse Asli Basak, who has been working with Mid-Ship Group LLC since 2016. Being currently a Port Captain, she is attending the vessels at ports, supervising the operations but she shares with us what she misses most about her seagoing experience and challenges faced.

Seafarer Stories: Capt. Dimitrios Giannakis, Master

We are happy to host an interview with Capt. Capt Dimitrios I. Giannakis, Master of LNG/c Maran Gas Asclepius who works with Maran Dry Management since 2013. Capt. Dimitrios says that being a captain is a dynamic and challenging work since the captain is responsible for crew’s performance and at the same their leader and mentor.

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