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Poese’s 23 Years Experience At Sea

Forty-one year-old Tevita Poese has been a sailor for the past 23 years. He continues from a family trend whereby his father and uncles were all sea men and sailing
13 May 2015 08:06
Poese’s 23 Years Experience At Sea
Tevita Poese

Forty-one year-old Tevita Poese has been a sailor for the past 23 years.

He continues from a family trend whereby his father and uncles were all sea men and sailing was their source of income.

The Fiji Sun caught up with Mr Poese at Mua-i-walu Port yesterday just a few hours after the arrival of their boat MV Kaiwai from Wakaya- a destination which they serve.

The chief engineer said working as a seaman or sailor is an exciting profession and he has gotten used to it as it has become a part of his life.

Mr Poese just recently joined the company after spending 22 years of his life working for the Government Shipping Service (GSS), his last role being the chief engineer of the government barge Vatulawa.

“This is something I enjoy and I am used to it,” he said.

“The only challenge that I face is missing out on family life especially the important events that I am supposed to be part of.”

“But I have a very understanding family, my wife and my four children know that I am doing this because of them and it is worth the sacrifice.”

Mr Poese is a dedicated worker.

He said he would still go out at sea even when one of his children is sick or if there is a family function.

“What would happen if I don’t turn up to work? The company relies on me so as the lives of hundreds of people who need to have the supplies that we cart out.”

This was also the case for him when he worked for Government where at one point he was based at Lautoka for seven months while his family lives in Suva.

Mr Poese said his love for sailing started at a very young age. Originally from Namuka-i-Lau, he said his village is only dominated by three professions – reverends, sailors and soldiers.

He attended Suva Methodist Primary School and Dudley High School.

He revealed that he joined government straight after high school as a greaser and finally in 1997, he got a scholarship from government to go and study and got a Class 5 engineering qualification from the then Fiji Maritime School of Studies, in 2002 he managed to get his Class 4 qualification and managed his Class 3 qualification in 2003.

“I want to thank the government for believing in me and for the opportunity they gave me that enable me to get a qualification,” Mr Poese said.

“If it wasn’t for them, I would not be here as the chief engineer and I would be grateful if given the opportunity to repay government for my education.”

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