60 seconds with a seafarer - Vlad Strelchenko

August 01, 2019
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© Vlad Strelchenko

Vlad is a Chief Officer from Ukraine with 7 years' experience working at sea. One of our SeafarerHelp team's Russian speakers spoke to Vlad about life as a seafarer.

[Translated from Russian]

What is the best thing about a seafarer's job?

I think excellent crew is what makes work good and enjoyable.

What's the most difficult part of your job?

Probably adjusting to new official duties. But difficulties, I think, are not bad as they help you to get smarter. And in general you need to love the work.

How do you relax during time off while on board?

If I get a chance to have some rest, it is always a good sleep and exercise.

Does friendship on board matter?

Friendship and respect are important. If a crew works as one mechanism, there will be no problems.

What is your favourite port?

Odessa, the port in my home country...

What is one thing that you always take with you to work at sea?

It is a mug with marine picture on it (pictured below).

What is your the most pleasant memory about shore leave?

When for a month they couldn't find a replacement and suddenly, before entering the port, the reliever was found.

What was the most important life lesson you learned while working at sea?

There is only one lesson - always rely on yourself and your own abilities!!!

Would you like to talk to us about your life at sea? Do you have an interesting story to tell from your time as a seafarer? We would love to hear from you! Send an e-mail to Amy at

Vlad's mug, which he always travels with © Vlad Strelchenko
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