A day in the life of a Deck Officer Cadet

George Light recently joined the Bibby Marine crew, he shares his cadet diary with us on his experience as a Deck Officer Cadet and life at sea.

Wednesday the 23rd September, 2020. Week two of a 4-month trip onboard the Bibby Wavemaster 1.

We are currently on sea passage from Barrow in Furness in Northwest England, to the port of Den Helder in the Netherlands. During this voyage I am on the 08:00 – 12:00 and 20:00 – 00:00 navigational watch, this involves assisting the officer of the watch with ensuring the safe navigation of the ship. Within 20 minutes of arriving on the bridge this morning I had the binoculars out, as a large pod of dolphins were swimming playfully ahead of the ship. I also saw some whales breaching in the distance later on in the morning, quite the wildlife displays in the Celtic Sea!

This is my second trip onboard the Bibby Wavemaster 1, and I have settled back in very quickly to ship life. The crew were all incredibly welcoming upon my arrival, and previous onboard friendships were immediately rekindled. The senior bridge officers have already started quizzing me regularly on my knowledge of the COLREGS (rules of the road).

George (on far right) with the crew on board the WaveMaster

The onboard lifestyle suits me very nicely; I have a set routine which has enabled me to hit the ground running with my various training tasks. A good balance of bridge watchkeeping, along with routine maintenance and safety equipment checks, combine to make every day different and interesting. The ship’s wellness facilities are fantastic, with a great gym and a sauna available to use, I’m able to keep fit and well during my time onboard. The food onboard is excellent, with multiple options of healthy and delicious meals every day, it makes it difficult to miss the food at home.

My cabin is awesome, I have my own en-suite bathroom, as well as a study desk, two portholes and even Sky TV! I feel very fortunate as I know many other cadets don’t have access to such luxuries whilst they are at sea.

The ships Wi-Fi Internet has enabled me to keep in touch with all of my family and friends, keeping them updated with lots of pictures and videos of what I get up to on a daily basis.

My favourite aspect of life onboard is my time spent on the bridge, particularly during pilotage, as the entry into port is always challenging for the bridge team and requires precise communication and coordination between the pilot, the master and the bridge officers.

I am excited for the remainder of my time onboard, as the vessel will be undertaking new and interesting contracts in the Offshore renewables sector of the industry.

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