Rishabh Jangra (24)
I am from Chandigarh, near Punjab, India. I got to a point in my life where I had to choose which direction I wanted to go. Then I decided I wanted to be a technician. I chose the sea. To be allowed to work on the machines, I had a four-year training. Every day on board is a different day.
I have already visited several countries. I have been to Rotterdam before. And to France, Singapore, Texas and California. Traveling was one of the main reasons for going boating. I was 22 when I started exploring the world. That’s quite unique, compared to mainstream careers.
What I also think is an important reason for choosing to work at sea, is that you have to deal with great responsibility at a young age. We get a lot of confidence here. The Matterhorn Spirit is a large oil tanker, but not the largest I’ve sailed on. It is, however, the most advanced, with an electric motor.
Being away from home for a long time is a challenge, especially in corona time. There were restrictions on disembarkation. Also you never know exactly when the redemption is coming. With no date to count down to, the months on board become quite monotonous. That can be demotivating. This is also difficult for the people who are waiting on land to board. So with covid things have gotten more complicated.
I am now in my fifth month on board. In my spare time I like to spend time with my colleagues in the recreation room. We watch movies, listen to music, chat. We are lucky enough to see many beautiful sunsets at sea. I like photographing, so I’ve already captured a lot of them.