on Bord ..
my name is Clemens Schuett and I am one of the 19 shipmechanic
trainees in the Hartmann Company.
I started my apprenticeship in summer 2010 together with 4
other trainees. At first we were together for 5 months in
the maritime school in Elsfleth.
After we had finished the school everybody of us joined a
vessel and started the real part of the training. My first
vessel was the "GasChem Hunte" and the first time was very
exciting for me because everything was new and quite different
then I had imagined before.
To my point of view, the training on a ship gave me a really
good chance to do something different. Besides, the daily
tasks were very interesting and diversified. The employment
on the ship was very different to the occupation ashore. In
contrast to the employment on the ship, the occupation ashore
is more habitual and more routine.
When you have finished your work you can go home to your family
but when you are on a vessel and you finished your work you
canīt go home, you have to stay there. You live on your workplace,
with diverse people, nationalities and on different places
in the world.
My choice for starting a training as a shipmechanic wasnīt
only based on the special kind of work which take place on
board, but also to live and work together with the diverse
people from other countries. This is why I decided to start
a training as a shipmechanic. During my training on board
I learned a lot of several things.
The officers und engineers presented their work in a very
interesting way. Because they took a lot of time for me and
my training I was very satisfied and happy. There are so many
things on bord they teached me, e.g. about the machinery,
navigation and the work on deck.
For me it was and it is still like a great adventure. I will
never forget one situation on my first voyage from Antwerp
to Houston. We were just passing the Bahamas and we had a
lot of traffic. I was on the bridge together with my training
officer and the captain to learn something. But then we heard
an alarm that the autopilot was failed. Although I had no
experience how to steer, the captain said I should take over
the rudder. I tried my best and they showed me everything.
It was a very nice feeling for me to steer the vessel with
my own hands. In this moment I realized I had the control
of the hole ship, an amazing sense of delight.
Moreover I had a lot of fun during my abode on the ship caused
of the diverse crewmembers with different nationalities and
I got to know how to assume big responsibility for the crew,
for the vessel and for me because we are all in one boat.