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Life on the High Seas: Insights from an Offshore Worker

27 June 2024


2 min

Meet Dimitar, a Bulgarian from Varna, the largest city on the Black Sea Coast. With a background that spans several years in the offshore sector, specifically in the renewable energy field, Dimitar shares his experiences and insights from his current role as a Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) on Van Oord’s cable laying vessel Calypso.


A Journey in the Offshore Sector

Dimitar embarked on his offshore career in 2017 and has since been involved in various projects, particularly within the renewable energy sector. His current role on Van Oord’s cable laying vessel  Calypso, highlights his commitment to supporting the global transition to renewable energy sources.


Life on Board: The Challenges and Rewards

One of the most significant aspects of working on a vessel, according to Dimitar, is the sense of camaraderie among the crew. “You are part of a family; this is your second home, your second family,” he explains. This strong bond among crew members is crucial for maintaining morale and ensuring smooth operations, especially during long deployments.


Advice for Aspiring Seafarers

For those considering a career at sea, whether they are young novices or individuals seeking a career change, Dimitar offers valuable advice. He stresses the importance of understanding the changes that come with the job. “People need to inform themselves better to make sure that they make their own choice properly,” he advises. The transition to life at sea represents a significant shift, impacting all aspects of one’s daily living.


His experience underscores the importance of preparation and mindset in navigating the unique environment of maritime work. For those ready to embrace the lifestyle, a career at sea offers not just a job, but a second family and a home away from home.

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