How long have you worked at Maersk Supply Service and what was your starting position?
I joined in December 2002 as a Third Officer. So, a long time! I took a short break between 2008-9, when I worked for Solstad – I’d heard good things about the Norwegian company, so I wanted to give that a try and see it for myself.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your time with MSS? How did you manage this?
The Covid situation has presented the biggest challenge I’ve known: the uncertainties of crew changes, the lengthy assignments…it’s been tough.
The only way I can help is to keep people updated as soon as there’s a development, even if that means being the bearer of bad news. But the uncertainty is the worst thing, it’s difficult for anyone to deal with. Of course, the crew can see when I am on the bridge proactively trying to ease the situation. Things like visas are out of my hands, but what I can do is keep asking questions and following up.
What excites you the most about your role?
The fact that it varies with hands-on operations and planning upcoming operations. I look forward to waking up every morning to see what changes will happen during the day
What has been your greatest achievement in Maersk Supply Service?
For me personally, this has been getting to be captain on an I-class vessel. Maersk Involver is my first vessel as captain, I had started onboard her as Newbuilding as a Chief Officer Officer so she is definitely my favourite vessel.
What goals are you working towards?
I’m always trying to improve myself and my knowledge as captain. And to ensure the safety of so many crew and to foster and maintain positive relationships with both crew and clients.
If you had some advice for new seafarers joining MSS, what would that be?
The long quarantine situation is not the new normal. Things are slowly going the right way now and things will get easier. Also, once they get settled in, I’d always recommend that junior officers try to get experience of both SSVs and AHTSs before making up their minds as to which route to pursue.