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Samoan sailor promoted at sea, seals new contract

A Samoan sailor has been promoted to the position of bosun deck supervisor on the international container vessel MSC Ditte.

Samoa Shipping Services Chief Executive Officer, Lautimuia Uelese Vaai, confirmed the promotion of 35-year-old Ierome Mose and described it as an encouraging development for local sailors who are currently working on various ships abroad.

He said perseverance, hard work and commitment has finally paid off for the Manono islander.

“This is great news for any sailor, especially the young and new ones working onboard ships. Perseverance, hard work and being fully committed to your calling coupled with mental toughness are only a few of the lessons to be admired from Ierome’s promotion,” Lautimuia said.

“It’s a great motivation for us all at these most difficult times. Patience is the virtue, and holding strong onto our faith in God Almighty that there will always be sunshine after rain, and our lives will be back to normal in God’s time. 

“This pandemic will never destroy us and our faith. Ierome’s promotion is a direct result of excellent performance and this speaks loud for Samoa and future employment opportunities for our local sailors.”

While most Samoan sailors abroad are no longer working and stranded due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, it has been business as usual for Lautimuia over the last 12 months. 

Many family members and friends have taken to social media to congratulate the local sailor on his promotion.

“His attitude is always welcoming and easy to get along with and we’re proud of him,” a Facebook user who claimed to be a relative said.

The Samoa Shipping Services posted on their social media page, saying: “He's an example of how change can be ushered through determination, perseverance, and hard work during challenging times.”

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