My name is Tibor SEMSEGI. I’m a Master.
On which ship do you currently work? (What is its route?)
I currently sail on the CMA CGM CAP CAMARAT. It serves the NAF RoRo Liner Service, Marseille – Mostaganem – Skikda leg.
What is your background (studies, previous positions)?
I’m a Hungarian citizen and I got my first diploma at Technical University of Budapest as a navigator, and later qualified as Chief Mate before receiving my Master License at Gdynia Academy, Poland. I started my career as 3rd Officer on various vessels such as bulk, general cargo, and heavy lift, and I’ve navigated all over the word. I also received a second diploma in the shipping trade as international forwarder.
How long have you been working for CMA CGM?
I joined my first CMA CGM vessel in 1998 as 2nd Officer and changed from tramp shipping to liner services. I served mainly on RoRo vessels as Chief Mate before taking command of the CMA CGM CAP CAMARAT in 2008.
Why did you choose this career?
I am from an inland country far from any seas or harbours. Despite this we have always had a seafaring tradition thanks to our national shipping company.
I always considered the seaman’s life to be a challenge, an expedition and a great adventure at the same time. I always wanted to experience this very real challenge.
What do you like most about your job?
Creating a good team with my crew and running the vessel safely.
What is your most memorable moment onboard?
My memorable moment comes from 2014, when I saved a family (father, mother and a young boy) near Menorca Island in the West Mediterranean Sea. They were shipwrecked after fire onboard their sailing boat. We found them in a half-submerged, deflated dingy in desperate condition. They were in luck, as the CMA CGM CAP CAMARAT was in the right position at the right time and had an excellent crew with good teamwork onboard, we managed to rescue them at the last minute.
What is a typical day for you?
Short navigation and short stay in ports is a common program onboard RoRo ship.
I work against the clock. If the weather is fine, I have plenty of time for daily tasks, but otherwise I spend more time on bridge than in my cabin doing paperwork.
What is your next destination?
We are en route to Mostaganem, Algeria.
If you had any pieces of advice to give to someone who would like to follow your path, what would it be?
I have frequently had Cadets or 3rd Officers just starting their carriers on board CMA CGM CAP CAMARAT. I try to explain to them that even if we live in a modern world governed by high technology and rapid technological development, basic seaman’s knowledge for practical navigation is still essential. We often take a sextant and look back hundreds of years to navigate as the great navigators did…