My name is Hrvoje BRKAN and I am an Electrical Officer on board the CMA CGM CORTE REAL. I was born in Split, Croatia.
For how long have you been working for CMA CGM?
I have been working for CMA CGM for the past twelve years.
What route is your ship deployed on?
The CMA CGM CORTE REAL is currently deployed on the FAL1 service (French Asia Line 1), connecting Northern Europe to Eastern Asia.
What is your background?
After I finished school, I got my first job in the shipyard of Brodosplit, located in my hometown. I was in charge of the installation, connection and monitoring of ships’ electrical equipment. Later on, my curiosity raised and one thing started to intrigue me: what is happening outside of the shipyard?
I sent my resume to several Croatian shipping companies. Very soon, one of them gave me the opportunity to join a vessel as an electrical cadet. During this first contract I was promoted to electrical officer and that has been my professional occupation since then.
After several years on board bulk carriers and heavy lift vessels, I switched to containerships. I first worked for two German companies, before joining CMA CGM.
Besides sailing with CMA CGM, I was given several opportunities to work at the Group’s Head Office (HO) in Marseilles (France), first as part of the technical department between 2008 and 2009, then at the logistics department as a reefer containers technical support from 2012 to 2013.
All those missions at the HO gave me the opportunity to experience another side of the shipping business and to share knowledge and experiences with people from the HO.
Why did you chose this career?
My decision to become a seaman was a mixture of curiosity, adventurism, crave for traveling and visiting far-off and new places.
What do you like most about your job?
My job is dynamic, there is always something to be done and it gives the chance to learn plenty of things.
Any pieces of advice to give to someone who would like to follow your path?
For someone who would like to become an electrical officer, I can say that this position gives the opportunity to learn and experience a lot. If you wish to have a technical occupation, then this position is perfect for you.