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Flores Makes Family Vow

The saying life begins at 40 is no better translated by a captain whom Sun Shipping has got to know this past week. Commander of the Pacific Islander II, Captain
27 May 2015 08:15
Flores Makes Family Vow
Commander of the Pacific Islander II, Captain Michael Flores, Photo: Ranoba Baoa

The saying life begins at 40 is no better translated by a captain whom Sun Shipping has got to know this past week.

Commander of the Pacific Islander II, Captain Michael Flores, has made a vow to himself and his new bride. To stop his already well-established career at 40 begin his journey with his family ashore.

At just 35 years, Captain Flores already fulfilled what most seafarers and officers his age have yet to accomplish.

He started as a cadet 10 years ago and quickly jumped the ranks until he was appointed Captain early this year.

The Filipino  native has just about everything a man in his field can be proud of. He commands a crew of 21 of the multi-purpose roll-on roll-off vessel which visited our shores on May 22.

“My father was a captain himself. And while I was very proud of him, I did not see him as often as I wished I could,” Captain Flores recalls.

“And since I’ve carried his legacy I want to have not only a career but to be a father, a husband and family man too.

“Intimacy is very important for a couple,” said the youngest of 10 siblings.

“Life at sea is very good but you reach a certain age where it can become a bit dreary. Although my career is at sea, my life, more importantly is onshore. And that’s where I have chosen to be at 40.”

“I’ve joined three companies already from the start and this is probably my last one.

“Hopefully I settle here until 40 and work with my wife and kids which I haven’t experienced since I was a kid.”

Relationship onboard

While life at sea can be challenging at times the crew always find time to get together to make use of the sometimes long and voyage to port.

“Although we are in the middle of the sea, big waves, we touch our lives together.

“We go on we try to know each other well. We’ve become friends, closer than usual besides the jobs that we have, we’re all that we have here.”

Even while on vacation the crew members and officers try to get together as often as possible to meet up for entertainment or get to know each other’s families.

 

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