Michal Serafinowicz (32)
It is most likely out of family tradition that I became a sailor. My grandfather was a captain. His brother was a captain. Their uncle was also a sailor, even before the Second World War. I talked a lot with my grandfather. His career started in the fifties. Times were very different then. You can read about this in books. The ships stayed in the harbor for a long time. The crew had time to see the world.
After my maritime education I started at sea. It wasn’t what I expected at first. Very different even from my grandfather’s stories. But very interesting. I work for a nice shipping company. I get a lot of opportunities and the contracts never lasts too long. I can also see a lot of Europe. I want to know more about a country I am visiting than just the port facilities. My favorite moment is always the redemption. When I can go home and see my family again. I know from my grandfather that was always his favorite moment too.
I once worked for another company. Offshore. The weather was very bad and we had engine problems. The captain was afraid to tell the management he wanted to go to the safer area. There were very high waves. The tallest was fourteen meters high. And that with a ship of only forty meters long. In the same sailing area, a fellow student of mine had stayed at sea in a shipping disaster a few years earlier. That was a tough moment. But that’s the life of a sailor. You keep remembering that something like this can happen.