1. What is the name of your profession (position)? I work as a captain of a river tug. 2. What is your job and what are your responsibilities? During work, I manage the ship and supervise the actions of the crew. I'm doing port manager tasks. 3. What education is required to get your position? To work as a captain, you need to have a diploma. I graduated from the Kiev River School. I have a diploma of a shipmaster-ship mechanic. To confirm my qualifications, I pass an annual certification and knowledge test. 4. Describe your working day. Shift work. Three days later. The previous shift hands over the ship to us and introduces us to the situation. After that, I report to the dispatcher via radio communication that the crew has entered the watch and is ready to work. I receive a task from the dispatcher to rearrange non-self-propelled barges in the backwater, for loading and unloading. We launch barges from the road for loading and unloading or bring them to the road for transfer to the transit fleet. The sailor disembarks on the barge. The minder gives him our towing rope, he fastens it on the bow of the barge and gives the ends from the berth. We tow the ship to the roadstead, where the sailor drops the anchor. And we take another barge from the raid. You can make 4-5 windings per shift, if the weather is good and the dam does not give a strong discharge of water. We refuel as needed. In winter, we heat a potbelly stove for heating. And basically break the ice. 5. How comfortable are your working conditions (all day outside, or in the office with a cup of coffee)? The conditions are pretty tough. In the summer, the engines are so hot in the wheelhouse that you have to undress. In winter we work in quilted jackets and felt boots. We take lunch from home, because they can send it with a barge far from the port. We take drinking water in a tank on the shore. And when necessary, we go overboard. 6. What do you like most about your job? When a small tug pulls three thousand tons of cargo, you involuntarily begin to feel strong and proud of your work. In thirty years of work, I have seen the Sun kiss the river a thousand times at sunset. And how it wakes up and shakes off the last flakes of the morning mist. This job is for romantics. 7. What do you dislike most about your job? Certainly there are few amenities. He scooped up water from overboard - washed himself. He flooded the potbelly stove - he warmed up. Vacation only in winter. 8. If it's not a secret, what is your salary level (is it enough to write whether you are satisfied or not)? The salary is certainly good, for raid work they pay extra bonuses. For seniority - the same. Retire at 55. 9. Describe your team, what kind of people work with you? Commanding staff, four people, captain, mechanic and two assistants. We work together for years, when the assistant graduates as a captain and leaves for another ship, we take a young one and train him. Minders work steadily, but sometimes someone who graduates becomes an assistant. And the sailors change almost every navigation, if not romantics, they leave. And sometimes they become captains. 10. What human qualities do you think are most important in your business? If a person is an expert in our business, thenyou can rely on it and the crew can work more calmly. Water is an element, you need to know it, and feel the ship. 11. Work gives me additional opportunities (everything that work gives you except money, from self-expression and communication with interesting people to the opportunity to visit different countries). In addition to romantic flights, I went along the Dnieper from Kyiv to Kherson, I have the opportunity to be creative. I have three days off, I have already built three houses, for myself and the children. I write poems. My classmates are colleagues who work all over the world. We keep in touch via the Internet, such stories tell that writers cannot come up with such a thing. 12. Do you have the opportunity to evaluate your work on a five-point scale, what grade would you give? Five plus. 13. Why did you choose this job? As a child, I read “The Adventures of Captain Vrungel” and got so fired up that, not knowing how to swim, I decided to become a captain. That's just instead of a white tunic, fuel oil padded jacket, and instead of a snow-white liner - a hard worker tugboat. 14. What are the opportunities for your career development? After college, he worked for a year as a second assistant, in the winter he transferred to the first one. Three years first. Then as a captain, only 27 years in the Navy. Those who are in transit become captains in the third year. And in the future he graduates for motor ships with a large tonnage. 15. What do you think we did not include in the plan and what else would you like to share with us? Yes, he said everything. Progress does not stand still. New tugs are coming. Comfortable conditions, latrine, galley, separate cabins. You can go abroad with a full crew. But I can’t leave my beloved old tugboat, because we have done so many things together!