‘I have always greatly enjoyed sailing as an Officer. The dredging project in Indonesia was especially impressive: the construction of a new container terminal. You begin with the dredging and, for a long time, all you see is water. After a few months, you slowly start to see an island forming. It’s fantastic!’ tells Myron Dam. ‘Travelling for work, the freedom of having six months leave each year, navigating a 170-metre long Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger or simply the challenge of working hard together to get a job done… the wonderful aspects of a seafarer.’ Now, Myron works on land as a Superintendent at the Ship Delivery Department* at TOS: a Sea2Shore career change.
‘Six months off each year means plenty of time to relax, to fix things up and to go out with friends. I really enjoyed it. Yet it also means being away from home for long periods and when that eventually becomes too much, you have to make a decision. I began looking around and found a vacancy for Superintendent at TOS. The job description was a perfect match for me. I wanted to be home more, but I also wanted to keep travelling. So, I applied right away.
The work is very diverse. You prepare the ship delivery from the office and then fly to the location to work with the crew to prepare the vessel for departure. During the voyage, you are in contact with the crew and the client. You’re involved from A to Z, from bunkering right up to sending the final invoices and finishing the job together. Having experience with life on board, the materials, the strict schedule… all of this is helpful in my job as a Superintendent. The years of sailing have definite added value when you want to continue working onshore in the maritime industry. For anyone who is thinking about making the transtition (Sea2Shore), start by looking at your training, experience & expertise. This knowledge of the maritime industry are an absolute advantage.’
SHIP DELIVERY DEPARTMENT*
Ship delivery is our specialty at TOS. And our passion. We are experienced in the relocation of all types of vessels. For an all-in price and with clear terms and conditions, we can take care of flag state registration, certification, ISM and instruction of the new crew in preparation of handing over the vessel.