One ordinary day of an engineer on the fishing trawler in the Barents Sea.
Alarm clock rings at 7:10.
Most members of the crew work on a rotating schedule. (Eight hours of work, 8 hours of rest). No days off, no holidays.
08.00 Breakfast in the chief cabin.
Workplace of the engineer – radio cabin.
09.00 Visiting the navigation bridge. From here the ship is controlled. This place has various fish-finding and navigation equipment, mostly digital one.
The main task of the engineer is to repair and adjust computers and other equipment (even DVD players, telephones, laptops). Radio connection is actually performed without him.
10.00 Faultless operation of electronics is a guarantee of a specialist’s deep sleep. And faultless operation of electronics is provided by regular inspections.
Meanwhile the crew is working on the deck.
10.10 Going back through the fish processing shop. It works nonstop 24/7. The full cycle includes fish sorting, cutting (for some species), freezing and packing.
Sometimes they get rare delicacy fish which is prohibited for sale, but not prohibited to be eaten on the ship.. And they eat it, of course. As much as they want.
10.15 Next to the fish processing shop is a machine shop, it’s necessary because there is an abundance of various mechanisms on the ship and they need to be maintained and repaired. Some details are made in the open sea. Three specialists work in the shop: locksmith, turner and welder.
The order of our engineer is also ready – probes for the tester. The quality is rather good.
10.30 Coffee time.
11.00 Daily paperwork. They need to send information to the shore about the amount of the caught fish.
12.00 Some rest after lunch. The engineer have time to watch a movie or lie on a sofa. The cabin looks rather Soviet, by the way.
1.30 Telephone call always means that something has broken. This time it’s the sonde that lost a signal. This device is very important, it sends information about the state of the trawl to the navigation bridge.
2.00 The reason of the malfunction – wear of the cable.
2.30 The job is done. But the engineer has another task – voice communication with the machine shop is missing. He needs to visit the mechanics. They determine the reason of the failure – torn safety fuse.
It’s noisy and hot in here.
3.00 The overall needs to be washed now. Luckily they have a laundry aboard.
3.30 Afternoon snack.
4.00 Some time for the hobby. Everyone needs a hobby in the open sea! Our engineer likes soldering. And he likes music and good sound. In the shop he assembles tube amplifiers.
7.00 Another creation – “Made in the Nordic Sea!” Perfect lamp sound.
7.30 Dinner at last.
Those who have their days of rest.
9.30 Evening report is an important operation. Collegues from different ships meet on the air and share news.
10.00 Time for a good movie before sleep.