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Naisogotolu’s Love For The Sea Paves Way For His Career

Naisogotolu’s Love For The Sea Paves Way For His Career
Tuiwakaya Naisogotolu at Port Mua-i-Walu on July 9, 2018. Photo: Taraivini Seru
July 11
11:00 2018

Tuiwakaya Naisogotolu’s passion to be a sea captain has been there since he was a child.

MV Brianna captain Mr Naisogotolu, 31, has been in the maritime industry for 12 years and he will be there as long as he can.

The Victoria Marine Limited-owned vessel, MV Brianna services the northern and south­ern parts of the Lau Group and Rotuma.

Captain Naisogotolu, has been on MV Brianna since 2015.

“As a captain of the vessel, I oversee that everything is done in compliance to the law and regulations of safe navigation; this in­cludes cleanliness and seaworthiness,” Mr Naisogotolu said.

“I also make sure that there is safe handling of cargo, passengers and crew are well taken care off,” he said.

“Inventory of ship’s cash and stores, and maintaining the ship’s certificates and docu­mentation are part of my job description.”

To get where he is now was no plain sailing. Like others before him to be a qualified cap­tain he went through trials and challenges to achieve his childhood dream.

“You start from cleaning the washroom then people in authority see that you are committed you eventually get a promotion,” he said.

“I make sure that passengers have a safe journey from Point A to Point B that is our priority.

The challenge of changing weather patterns is something he keeps an eye out on as captain of the vessel.

“There is a belief for all sailors that if its bad weather then it is good time to travel,” he said.

“Sea is my life as I grew up in Nasau village on Moce, southern part of Lau group which surrounded with sea,” he said.

While growing up, there was a wide range of careers which he could choose from but his focus was on Fiji National University- Fiji Maritime Academy where he enrolled as a sea captain.

“In 2005 to 2009, I studied at FNU- Fiji Maritime Academy including a year doing practical and another year theory,” he said

After graduation he worked on cargo ships, passenger ships and fishing vessels.

“They always say once you become a sailor, you earn good money,” he said.

Mr Naisogotolu looked after landing the barge located at Laucala Island, Taveuni for almost six months as a relieving officer.

After leaving Laucala, he joined MV Brianna as a permanent officer in 2015.

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