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Moceacagi Sees Sea of Opportunities in Tourism

Moceacagi Sees Sea of Opportunities in Tourism
South Seas Cruises marine operations manager, Thomas Daniel Moceacagi on board Off The Hook at Port Denarau in Nadi on April 30, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
May 02
11:00 2018

South Seas Cruises Marine Operations Manager, Thomas Daniel Moceacagi treasures his time at sea as much as he treas­ures his family.

The 47-year-old was working for SSC the last 14 years as skipper of Awesome Adventures Yasawa Flyer transferring 240 tourists and managing 15 crew members from Port Denarau in Nadi to resorts in the Yasawas daily before taking up his current post.

Originally from Ketei, Totoya in Lau with maternal links to Vaga­daci in Ovalau. He has only one daughter.

Straight out of high school, he set his eyes on sailing joining Patter­son Brothers Shipping as a ticket collector. From that humble begin­ning he chased his dreams serving his time out at sea; which was one of the major requirements to cap­tain a marine vessel.

As it was necessary for him to also have a qualification, Mr Moceacagi did his certificates at the Fiji Mari­time Academy and then joined Neptune Shipping Pacific Limited (NSPL) where he worked for a few years.

The birth of his only child, made him realise how important it was to spend more time with his loved ones and family.

“With that job, I used to leave my family for more than six months then spend only six weeks with them before my next trip was due,” Mr Moceacagi said.

“My home was basically out in the seas, but when my daughter was born it changed my life,” he said.

“I loved her so much that I wanted to spend more time with my fam­ily, that was when I decided that I needed to find another job in the same arena but one that allows me more time with my family,” he said.

After travelling the world with NSPL, he got his first experience of the tourism industry with Tui Tai expedition cruises in Savusavu where he worked for year before joining SSC in 1977.

With his new post as marine op­erations manager, Mr Moceacagi manages around 134 staff oversee­ing seven fast ferries, two speed vessels and a sailing boat.

“Before I used to manage cargoes especially working for a cargo ship that sails around the world but when I came to the tourism indus­try my managing skills were tested because I had to deal with the crew on board the fleet and the tourists that use our services,” he said.

“This is why it’s important to for all mariners to upgrade their qual­ifications at maritime school, we need qualified people in this job,” he added.

He has advised all mariners that it was important to have the right state of mind all the time when they are out at sea because the lives of passengers and crew on board are paramount.

“We should always remember that the lives of people on board your vessel are very important, once you let go of the anchor you need to be in the right state of mind to execute your job well out at sea,” he said.

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