Captain Pakholchuk: My name is Andriy Pakholchuk. I’m a Captain and I’m Ukrainian.
On which ship do you currently work? (What is its route?)
Captain Pakholchuk: I’m currently on the CMA CGM COLUMBIA, a 10,034 TEU capacity vessel serving the PEX2 line which connects China, Korea, Mexico and the Caribbean.
How long have you been working for CMA CGM?
Captain Pakholchuk: I joined CMA CGM in August 2008, so it’s been 8 years. From 1998 to 2008 I was working under CMA CGM charter as a Chief Officer and a Master.
What is your background (studies, previous positions)?
Captain Pakholchuk: I graduated from the Odessa High Marine Academy as a navigator in 1989. From 1989 to 1992 I was a 4th/3rd Officer at Russian Far East including High Lands. Then from 1992 to 1998 I worked as a 2nd Officer for Greek bulk carriers. From 1998 to 2008 I joined Armin Klingenberg Reederei Shipping Company under CMA CGM charter, and became a Master in 2002. Since 2008 I’ve been working for CMA CGM on various vessels: the CMA CGM ARISTOTE/CMA CGM HERODOTE a 1,700 TEU capacity vessel; the CMA CGM AFRICA ONE, a 2,600 TEU capacity vessel; the CMA CGM ALCAZAR a 5,100 TEU capacity vessel and finally the CMA CGM COLUMBIA, a 10,034 TEU capacity vessel.
Why did you choose this career?
Captain Pakholchuk: I like to travel and I consider seaman’s job as the perfect choice for a real man.
What do you like most about your job?
Captain Pakholchuk: I love to meet sunrises and sunsets in the middle of the ocean.
Captain Pakholchuk: Every day onboard brings to my life new sights and all of them are memorable. The most interesting for me was to see the building of the CMA CGM COLUMBIA at SHI Shipyard in 2015.
If you had any pieces of advice to give to someone who would like to follow your path, what would it be?
Captain Pakholchuk: I like the new generation of Officers joining our company. They are on the right path. Sea will show them strong and weak sides of their characters very soon.