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Sea Captain Seru Turns Dream Into Reality

  It all started as a dream for sea captain 40-year-old of Taveuni native Inoke Seru. Mr Seru has been captain for fishing vessel, Northern Odyssey for four years and
25 Apr 2018 10:00
Sea Captain Seru Turns Dream Into Reality
Inoke Seru at work on Northern Odyssey. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

It all started as a dream for sea captain 40-year-old of Taveuni native Inoke Seru.

Mr Seru has been captain for fishing vessel, Northern Odyssey for four years and remembers vividly how as a young boy he would dream of becoming a sea captain one day.

He said floating a coconut husk and imagining it a boat contributed to his wanting to become a sea captain.

“I was serious; I said to myself that one day, that dream would become a reality. I wanted to do something different from what my parents were doing – I wanted to become a ship captain,” Mr Seru said.

“My father was a civil servant and my mother a housewife. They motivated me and supported me all the way – I owe all these to them,” he said.

“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 and demands of the ship owners and customers.”

He studied at the Fiji National University (FNU) Maritime School at Laucala in Suva. After graduating in 2003, his first attachment was with Fiji Fish vessels of which he worked for more than 15 years.

“That was a good experience, it was tough but it made me more determined. With the tough journey I have been through in life, I always tell my children never to give up on life,” he said.

Despite his love for his job, he 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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