Hello, my name is Li; I’ve been a 3rd Engineer since the beginning of 2016. I live in Nan Jing city, the capital of Jiangsu province, which is also one of the largest and most beautiful cities in China.
On which ship do you currently work? (What is its route?)
I am currently working onboard the MV CC FLORIDA, which regularly passes through the Panama Canal, circumnavigating the Earth in 77 days between the Far East to the United States (PEX-3).
How long have you been working for CMA CGM?
I have been working for CMA CGM since August 2012 after beginning by career as an Engine Cadet.
What is your background (studies, previous positions)?
I graduated from the JIANGSU MARITIME INSTITUTE (JMI), a professional maritime college which is well known by Chinese seafarers.
I joined CMA CGM and worked on the CC GEORGIA and CC LYRA as an Engine Cadet. After being promoted to 4th Engineer onboard the CC LYRA, I took two further assignments as 4th Engineer onboard the CC LARMATINE and the CC TIGRIS. This is my first assignment as 3rd Engineer.
Why did you choose this career?
I’ve always had a great interest in machinery, and have always loved repairing and researching them. Being a seafarer is a stable career, which is important when you have a family to support.
What do you like most about your job?
It allows me to experience different cultures and see the world with my own eyes.
When was your most memorable moment onboard?
It’s always memorable when my immediate superiors praise my performance as part of the crew.
Any anecdotes to share with us?
Yes! Most of the seafarers I’ve worked with have been Romanian and Croatian, so I learned a lot of their customs, language and culture, so much so that my family members and friends always ask me “where are you from? Who are you?” when I return home.
What is a typical day for you?
As 3rd Engineer I am mainly in charge of the Auxiliary Engines; I take care of them like my babies, which is why I must know when they need the “milk” – fuel oil – when they need a “napkin” – cleaning rag – as well as when they need to “sleep” – rest!
What is your next destination?
Singapore. Our vessel will be at sea for 35 days after leaving the United States! After this voyage I will disembark in SHANGHAI and embrace my family.
If you had any pieces of advice to give to someone who would like to follow your path, what would it be?
Devote your life to your dreams, no matter how difficult it might be, just do it!