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The Day of the Seafarer – Day 4

In today’s blog we asked Mohammed Abdullahi, Deck Officer at Atlantas Ship Management for his thoughts on a career at sea and any advice for those starting out in the industry. 

What do you enjoy most about your career at sea? 

The challenges. I enjoy the thrill when something technical challenges my knowledge and then I get to solve it with my team. And of course, the welfare I receive from my company.  

What drove you to pursue a career at sea? Who inspired you? 

I am northern Nigerian where a career at sea is not known much. I am the only seafarer in my family. I was also inspired by a company in UAE during my online research as a high school student.  

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

Technical challenges which I enjoy when I get to solve them through critical thinking and understanding of the equipment.  Nevertheless, there are the challenge of homesickness.  Sometimes you miss your loved ones, but as a human but that is normal. 

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

Make sure you love it. Make it a passion and you will enjoy every bit of your career at sea because most seafarers join for a good salary, (I am not saying that a good salary is a bad thing), but make sure that you also love your job. 

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

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