Dionisio: My name is Dionisio. I’m Filipino and currently onboard CMA CGM TANYA as the Chief Cook.
Which containership are you on at the moment and what route?
Dionisio: Our vessel is sailing on the Asia-West Africa Service (ASAF).
How long have you been working for CMA CGM?
Dionisio: I have been working for CMA CGM for 8 years now.
What is your background (studies, previous positions)?
Dionisio: I graduated from the Philippine Merchant Marine School with a degree in BS Marine Transportation. In order to support my needs during my college year, I worked as a stevedore at the Philippine Fish Port.
Why did you choose this career?
Dionisio: Like many seafarers, I dreamt of becoming an officer someday, but my career was diverted down a different path. I worked as an ordinary seaman for my first contract. I then accepted the job of cook onboard.
Are there any moments that remain engraved in your memory?
Dionisio: The most memorable experience I had onboard was the first time I had to cook a meal for foreign officers. It was a big challenge in my professional life as I began to explore the culinary field.
What do you like most about your job?
Dionisio: There is a saying that “life begins at forty” but for me, my life began at fifty when I was onboard. I felt like I’d been born again. It was the best blessing that I ever had in my life.
Where is your next destination?
Dionisio: We will be on route to Asia for the next few weeks and off to the Caribbean after that.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to go into the same career?
Dionisio: For other aspiring seafarers, I would advise them that, in whatever they do, they work heartily. Always remember to put your safety first. Work with love, spiritually and dedication to your job.