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Life At Sea With Filipino Cadet

Just a simple guy with simple dreams with a simple vision is how cadet Rolly Seva has chosen to describe himself. But simple doesn’t even begin to describe the life
03 Jun 2015 08:04
Life At Sea With Filipino Cadet
Cadet Rolly Seva with Captain Michael Flores of the Pacific Islander II

Just a simple guy with simple dreams with a simple vision is how cadet Rolly Seva has chosen to describe himself.

But simple doesn’t even begin to describe the life that this aspiring captain has been through.

Mr Seva may be a shy and reserved individual at the outset, however, he has an incredible and inspiring story that most shipping cadets whether international and local can be inspired by.

Growing up in a humble background on the outskirts of rural Philippines, the 25-year-old mechanical engineering masters degree-holder and environmental engineering graduate is now completing his marine engineering studies.

Mr Seva is currently onboard the Pacific Islander II which is chartered by Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line, better known as NYK Line and owned by Hachiuma Steamship Co., Ltd.

The vessel was here on May 22.

He is completing his cadetship training in the engineering department which he’s been doing for the past seven months.

“Growing up my parents could not afford me to go to private school. I first completed my mechanical engineering courses,” he said.

“And then I was offered a scholarship to complete my Masters degree in mechanical engineering.

“There was a great opportunity to complete an environmental degree. This programme is a very good one for aspiring engineering as it tells how to be environmentally sustainable.

“I took up the challenge to study the third engineering degree in marine.

“My first voyage I suffered from sea sickness because it’s my first time. It was very hard for me to be able to adapt here.

“There’s a strict working schedule. When you go down the engine room you will experience at the highest 44-degree Celsius of heat all day long.

“It’s very rough but I guess it’s given me the opportunity others on land could only dream of.

“But I don’t think of those things, you must enjoy the life at sea which is what my mentor says.

“You must enjoy the life at sea, you have chosen this career and for the last seven months I now know I’m ready and capable of establishing my future as a sea officer some day.”

This the fourth time the lad has travelled to Fiji and said:

“It’s very beautiful. It’s just like the Philippines. You will not miss home because as you look out to the pier it’s like looking out from Manila Bay.

“You see the ship, the fishing boats and you are not afraid to go outside because you feel free,” he smiled.

 

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