Yevhen Savchin (35)
I am from Ukraine. I have a wife and two sons aged 10 and 4. My family is safe. They fled and live temporarily in Bulgaria now. I followed the war by my phone, WhatsApp and Facebook.
I didn’t think I had any choice but to become a sailor. When I finished high school, my mother said I could go to military school. My father, my grandfather and many relatives are in the military. I didn’t want to join the army, but I did wanted to be an officer. That’s why I went sailing.
After the maritime academy I did further education. I have been sailing for 17 years now. I like sailing because of the sea and the salary. I have seen almost the whole world. I liked San Francisco in the United States and London in England the most. Traveling is a good part of boating.
Life on board is fine. I have a good place to sleep, especially as an officer. There are 22 people on board of this ship. They don’t feel like family or friends, but they do feel like good colleagues. There are also Russians on board. When the war came, nothing changed here. The war is one and the other is work. We don’t mix work and politics.