Memories from my first voyage on the School Ship Albatros

It was the Autumn of 2008, I was in my third year of studies at the Romanian Naval Academy. Those wishing to go on the Albatros school ship (the only school ship of higher maritime education system in Romania) had registered long before and now were waiting for their turn to embark. The School Ship “Albatros”, was an ancient relic of the once great Romanian merchant fleet. It now sailed at the edge of legality only through “friendly” ports. No one risked entering a port in the West due to it’s many problems related to the technical condition and the certificates status. It was however understandable. This was a cargo ship built in 1977 under the name of “Dej”, already over 30 years old age.

Although it was technologically obsolete, and what you were doing there had little to do with what you do on a modern ship, many students still wanted to embark on it, being a good way to put some experience on their seaman’s book. The management of the Academy also wanted to put as many students on it as it could, being a safe method to check who has seasickness and who is able to withstand the conditions on board, thus being able to make cadet recommendations to large companies.

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AMINTIRI DE LA primul si ultimul voiaj PE NAVA SCOALA ALBATROS

MEMORIES FROM MY FIRST VOYAGE ON THE SCHOOL SHIP ALBATROS – English Article HERE

Se intampla in toamna lui 2008, eram in anul 3 de studii la Academia Navala Romana. Doritorii sa mearga pe nava scoala Albatros, (singura nava scoala a invatamantului maritim superior din Romania) s-au inscris cu mult timp inainte si isi asteptau randul sa se imbarce. Nava Scoala Albatros, era o relicva antica a maretei flote Romanesti ce naviga la limita legalitatii doar prin porturi “prietenoase”. Nimeni nu se risca sa intre in vreun port din Vest datorita multelor probleme legate de starea tehnica si a certificatelor. Era de inteles totusi, a fost construita in 1977 sub numele de “Dej”, avand deja peste 30 de ani.

Desi era depasita tehnologic, si ce faceai pe acolo nu prea are nici o treaba cu ce faci pe o nava moderna, multi studenti doreau totusi sa se imbarce pe ea, fiind o cale buna de a pune niste experienta pe carnetul de marinar. Conducerea Academiei ar fi vrut si ea sa puna cat mai multi studenti pe ea, fiind o metoda sigura de a verifica cine are rau de mare si cine e in stare sa suporte conditiile de la bord, astfel putand face recomandari de cadeti pentru firmele mari.

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