Peter Romijn-Third Engineer
Q: Please introduce yourself.
A: Hi, I’m Peter Romijn, 33 years old from The Hague, Netherlands. I work as a seaman since I finished high school.
Q: What is your job position?
A: Currently, I’m working as a third engineer on a Container Ship.
Q: What was the most challenging part of your job?
A: There are challenges in the life of the seaman every day. But that’s not always a bad thing. As it said the rough seas make great sailors. For me, maybe the most challenging is not to lose my focus from my final goal. Everyone wants to be a chief engineer, but we have to remember that it's not going to happen for a day.
Q: What your job gave you?
A: This job made me what I am today. At sea, you can learn many things and discipline is one of the important ones.
Q: What your job took from you?
A: Can’t say that it took something from me. I'm still not married, so can’t tell that it took time with my family. Because my father is a sailor too, I can say, that for us it is a normal thing to be at sea for long.
Q: What was the most satisfying moment in your job?
A: Maybe, my first time at sea. You know, when you have spent your childhood in the same city, it’s a big thing when you see so many new places for 6 months.
Q: What was the worst moment in your career?
A: When a colleague of mine had a stroke in the open sea. In moments like this, you realize that you are vulnerable at sea. But thanks to god, and quick reactions he is still alive and in good health.
Q: If you could go back in time would you choose a different career path?
A: To be honest, I'm still not so old, so if I wanted I would already change my profession. I really like what I am doing and I do it with pleasure.
Q: How would you describe your job in two words?
A: Great job!
Q: What are your future plans?
A: To keep doing my job, and to become chief engineer.
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