Welcoming: “They spread good mood on board. They are joking and laugh, and they are doing an excellent job, as we are used to by our team members,” says Captain Dariusz Konfederak about his new crew members.
They come from various parts of this large country, but the ABs and the 3rd officer have taken courses at the Norwegian Training Centre (www.ntcm.com.ph/ ) run by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in Manila. The cook is not a first trip sailor either.
“I have sailed for 19 years and Seatrans is my 13th contract so far. I have sailed for Norwegian companies before, among them Odfjell, but it is the first time I am in Bergen,” Rady O. Legada (47) explains. “I feel that I am being taken good care of, but I think it is a bit cold here,” he adds. “In the Philippines, we only have two seasons and neither of them are
as cold as here.”
Ruel Q. Fernandez and Kerwin L. Magpantay (29) have sailed with various types of ships, including RoRo vessels. “We are used to typhoons but the winter storms in the North Sea can be pretty rough as well. We are prepared, anyway,” they say with a contagious laughter.