Known as “Santa Claus” due to his beard, he is well-known and highly respected among Seatransers. Wiesław Charłampowicz is now retired and we met him at his cosy home in his home city of Elbląg. He tells us he almost feels more at home at sea.
“The sea has fascinated me since childhood. As a young boy, I mostly read maritime books, which interested me just as much as ﬁlms about ships and the sea. I was so lucky to be called up to the Navy instead of the Army, and I spent 3 years serving on auxiliary vessels.
Straight after the Navy, I got a job with Polish Oceanic Lines (PLO), where I started work as a junior Member of the Engine Department. Later on, I became a Member of the Engine Department and was then promoted to a ﬁtter’s position, where I stayed for a long time.”