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The Day of the Seafarer – Day 1

The Day of the Seafarer was originally established to recognise the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade and the global economy. 

In support of the Day of the Seafarer on June 25th, Spinnaker have asked Seafarers both past and present for their thoughts on a career at sea and any pieces of advice they would have for those starting out in the industry. 

We start the week with Captain Yasser Hashem Fleet Personnel Director from Bahri Shipmanagement

What do you enjoy most about your career at sea? 

Being able to spend time on the open ocean, surrounded by the vastness of the sea and the beauty of nature. 

What drove you to pursue a career at sea?  

The opportunities for personal growth and skills development, as well as a personal interest and passion for the maritime industry. 

What challenges have you faced in your career as a seafarer, and how have you overcome these? 

Working long hours, irregular shifts, fatigue and sleep deprivation. I was able to manage these challenges by prioritizing rest and ensuring sufficient sleep whenever possible. Following proper work-rest routines, practicing good time management, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and balanced nutrition (also helped). 

What advice would you give to young people who are looking to start a career at sea? 

Starting a career at sea can be an exciting and rewarding choice, but it’s essential to be well-prepared, informed, and committed to the challenges it entails.  

Working at sea can be challenging due to the ever-changing environments and conditions. Cultivate adaptability, resilience, and a positive mindset to thrive in this industry. Be prepared to work in multicultural teams, adjust to different time zones, and handle the demands of the job with professionalism. 

Depending on your desired career path, ensure you acquire the necessary education and training. Look for reputable maritime academies, colleges, or vocational training institutes that offer programs aligned with your goals 

You can follow the hashtag #DayOfTheSeafarer for 2023 content and come back to this blog page tomorrow for another interview. 

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