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On Board The Pearl Ace

Sun Shipping had the opportunity to tour the Pearl Ace thanks to Carpenters Shipping. It was berthed at Port of Suva yesterday offloading 211 vehicles. The vessel was here on
01 Apr 2015 06:54
On Board The Pearl Ace
From left: Pearl Ace officer 3rd mate Saka Takaeo, 2nd mate Frane Magtibay, chief engineer Alcudia Amoyan, chief officer Boston Dayo and Captain Joseph Morales at the bridge yesterday. Photo: Ranoba Baoa

Sun Shipping had the opportunity to tour the Pearl Ace thanks to Carpenters Shipping.

It was berthed at Port of Suva yesterday offloading 211 vehicles.

The vessel was here on a one-off schedule due to vehicle demand seen not only in Fiji but to other Pacific nations as well.

For 28 years, Captain Joseph Morales has been sailing the seas in its high and low moments.

The 57-year-old Filipino was once in the military but decided to enroll into maritime school as jobs back home weren’t paying enough to make ends meet for his family.

Onboard, he commandeers a team of 24 officers and crew two from Japan and the remainder from the Philippines.

When asked, upon several observations by Sun Shipping, why there seemed to be a noteworthy percentage of Philippinos working for international line, he said:

“In Philippines, the wages and salary don’t pay much. We see this opportunity and we seize it.

“And to meet that demand, there are a lot of good maritime schools based there so the opportunity to develop is there too.”

Like anyone who has reached his rank, Captain Morales began as a deck cadet and then slowly worked his way up to the ranks.

His education back home and in Japan enhanced his skills over the years.

 

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