Please introduce yourself
Captain LIU: my name is LIU, Hui Cheng, marine master since 2010, from Gaoqing County, Shang Dong Province of China, which is a small town in China with about 300,000 residents.
On which ship do you currently work? (What is its route?)
Captain LIU: Now I am currently commanding the MV CMA CGM FLORIDA, serving the PEX3 Line, an interesting Line which circumnavigates the Earth in 77 days, from the Far East to Gulf of the United States, South Africa and back to the Far East.
How long have you been working for CMA CGM?
Captain LIU: It has been more than 3 years since I took command of the MV CMA CGM GEORGIA and joined CMA CGM as the first Chinese Captain in CMA ships on 27th April 2013. I’m still proud of it!
What is your background (studies, previous positions)?
Captain LIU: I graduated from Qing Dao Ocean Shipping Mariners College in June 2000 and worked for Regional Container Line (RCL – a Singaporean company) for several years as a Deck officer, and joined Rickmers in 2008 as a Chief Officer. I was promoted to Master by Rickmers mid-2010 and continued to work for Rickmers until 2013, when I joined CMA CGM.
Why did you choose this career?
Captain LIU: A classmate’s father was a sailor in COSCO when I was in high school; he used to tell me some stories about his father and the ocean, which was fantastic! So I enrolled the Mariners College after high school.
What do you like most about your job?
What is your most memorable moment onboard?
Captain LIU: Java Sea, December 2000, I, as deck cadet, found a sinking small coastal ship (fully loaded with logs) when I was working on the bridge’s starboard wing. The crew from the sinking ship reflected sunlight by mirror to catch our attention. After reporting this to the ship’s we saved the distressed crew, and I was rewarded by the Captain and company.
Do you have any anecdotes to share with us?
Captain LIU: I born in a small, inland village which is far away from the sea and the villagers have little knowledge about the sea or ships. Once when I returned to village to visit my parents, some of them asked me:
“How would you escape, how do you save your life, and how do you save your ship if you encountered a huge whale in ocean?”
I answered: “the whale would have to give way and escape, not the ship”
Then they were shocked and said seriously: “Impossible! There were so many ships sunk by a huge whale in the movie! ”
This kind of conversation has started in my village since I became a seaman, and I believe that the question wouldn’t have stopped if I couldn’t answer how to escape when encountering a whale in the ocean!
What was your more memorable day?
Captain LIU: 26th June 2000, the first time I flew out of China and joined my first ship in Singapore as a Deck Cadet!
What is your next destination?
Captain LIU: We are enroute to Houston, U.S.
If you had any pieces of advice to give to someone who would like to follow your path, what would it be?
Captain LIU: Embrace the sea, broaden your horizons!