Dive into the world of maritime careers with Dmitriy Agafonov, Chief Engineer at Capital Ship Management Corp. Discover his journey and insights on the importance of continuous learning and staying connected at sea. Read his full story here: SAFETY4SEA.
From a cadet to Chief Engineer, Dmitriy Agafonov has seen a remarkable transformation in his career, from a cadet to a Chief Engineer. With a wealth of knowledge gained over his tenure at sea, Dmitriy underlines that salary should not be the sole motivation for choosing a maritime career. Instead, he finds value in the structured schedule of his work, which affords him time for fitness, leisure activities, and engaging conversations with fellow crew members.
Dmitriy highlights the critical importance of internet connectivity on ships, a tool that enables constant communication with family, enhancing the well-being of seafarers and their loved ones. He advocates for broader access to high-speed internet, emphasizing its necessity in the modern seafaring experience.
SAFETY4SEA: What do you love the most out of your career at sea?
Dmitriy Agafonov: The complexity and diversity of marine systems and mechanisms captivate me. The need for continuous learning and adaptation, especially with the introduction of new technologies, keeps my role as an Engineer challenging and fulfilling.
D.A.: Every step, from a cadet to a Chief Engineer, has been a learning experience. Facing unprecedented challenges and solving complex problems not only brings a sense of achievement but also a deep sense of pride in my work.
S4S: How would you describe your daily life at sea / work in few words?
D.A.: Discipline is key in our daily routine, influencing our work schedule, meals, rest, and work planning. This discipline ensures efficiency and provides us with valuable time for relaxation.
S4S: What is the biggest challenge that you have to face onboard?
D.A.: Each new contract brings its own set of unknown challenges. Whether it’s a complex overhaul or managing the engine room, every task is an opportunity to grow and learn.
S4S: What is your piece of advice to fellow crew members onboard?
D.A.: Look beyond the salary. Find joy in the small things, like a sunset on the horizon, to help you navigate the challenges of life at sea.
S4S: What inspires you every day onboard?
D.A.: I’m driven by my passion for my job and the ability to plan my workflow. This balance allows me to enjoy my time at sea and look forward to spending time with my family after the contract.
S4S: What has been the most extraordinary thing that you have experienced on board?
D.A.: Every contract has unique experiences, from overcoming challenges with a tight-knit team to witnessing the raw beauty of nature, like being in the epicenter of an earthquake at sea.
S4S: What is the one thing that should change to make life better on board?
D.A.: Improved internet access. It’s a lifeline for staying in touch with our families and adapting to life at sea.
S4S: What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking a career at sea?
D.A.: Embrace a sense of romance and adventure. The path is challenging but rewarding, leading to a fulfilling career.
S4S: What do you miss the most about your seagoing experience?
D.A.: The rapid growth of my children and the aging of my parents. Despite these sacrifices, my choice to pursue a seafaring career has been fulfilling and right for me.