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Dream Comes True For Princess Moana Captain

  Princess Moana captain Solomone Namoce remembers how as a young boywould dream of becoming a sea captain. “I was serious – I said to myself that one day that,
21 Feb 2018 11:00
Dream Comes True For Princess Moana Captain
Princess Moana captain Solomone Namoce.

 

Princess Moana captain Solomone Namoce remembers how as a young boywould dream of becoming a sea captain.

“I was serious – I said to myself that one day that, that dream would become a reality,” Mr Namoce said.

He is thankful that his parents supported his career path when he told them that he wanted to be a sea captain.

“I wanted to do something different from what my parents were doing – I wanted to become a ship captain,” Mr Namoce said.

His father was a soldier while his mother was a teacher.

The Savusavu man completed his secondary studies in 1998 at Queen Victoria School after he passed his sixth form examination.

The following year, he enrolled at the Fiji National University (FNU) Maritime School at Laucala in Suva.

He graduated in 2003 and his first attachment was with a fishing boat.

“That was a good experience, it was tough but it made me more determined,” he said.

From there he joined various ships.  He has sailed to many Pacific Island countries and West Africa.

Early this year he returned home to join Princess Moana as its captain.

Mr Namoce admits that despite being from Savusavu, he calls Taveuni home.

“My parents motivated me and supported me all the way – I owe that to them.

“I had always dreamt that one day I will become a ship captain and that is where I am today.

“I worked really hard to make that dream come true. I wanted to try something different and I have never regretted my decision to attend the maritime school.

“Each day comes with new challenges as a captain. I always have to think of the passengers and the crews’ safety especially during bad weather. I also have to meet the standards of the ship owners and customers and meet their demands.”

Despite his love for his job, Mr Namoce hopes to spend more time with his family.

“I love by job but I don’t want to spend my whole life at sea. I would like to spend more time with my wife and children. I would like to one day venture into farming and transportation business,” he said.

“My eldest son wants to follow my footsteps. I have other plans for him but I will support him because it is his choice.”

He urges parents to support their children no matter what and to trust God in everything they do.

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