Renat Besolov from Moldova loves life at sea and his job onboard the Norwegian crab vessel Northeastern. He likes best to stand on the deck and feel the harsh weather. “I like the sea and my job as “deck manager” on board the Northeastern. It is great to be outside, even if it is both stormy and snowy,” says Renat Besolov.
The crab vessel Northeastern, which is owned by the Br. Birkeland team, must not be confused with the crab ship Northwestern, which is known from the American TV series “Deadliest catch”, which just shows a bit of the tough life on board a crab vessel. Every day, however, is not so far away from what emerges in the TV series should in faith Renat Besolov.
“On board the crab vessel, you work all the time on open decks with wind, snow and sea spray. We are usually very far north, this can not be compared to fishing vessels where one often stands in a warm and cosy factory under the deck. Yes, this is probably a kind of extreme job, but I like this tough life,” he says.
Likes crab vessels
26-year-old Renat Besolov grew up in Chisinau, the capital and largest city of Moldova. For the past five years, he has worked onboard four different vessels. Everyone has our crab vessels. Onboard the Northeastern, the crew varies slightly according to the season, but normally there are 23 people on board.
Crabs on the tank – money in the bank
“We go eight hours to work and eight hours off. This is how we go the whole trip, which is normally four to five weeks. So mostly I’m at sea half the year. The work involves picking up pots, emptying them of crabs, putting in new bait, repairing broken travel pairs and putting them out again. And as we usually say when we are at sea – crabs on the tank make money in the bank,” says Besolov.
Likes to travel during the free periods
He started his career as a crab fisherman five years ago. Since then, he has worked on four different vessels. On board the Northeastern they are normally 23 people, but it can vary according to the season how black the catch of crabs is. The crew mainly goes on eight-hour shifts with eight hours of work and eight hours off. As a rule, they are four to five weeks at sea and then a corresponding period free on land.
“I like to travel during the free periods and travel most of the time, but when I am home I also spend a lot of time learning new things through online courses. For example, I took a course in marketing the last time I was home. I try all the time to find something that is interesting to me,” says Besolov.
“My big dream is to have friends in all countries in the world, who will remember me with a smile …”
“I like life at sea, but that is not what the dream is, but maybe a small step on the way to the big dream. Step by step, people are moving towards the big dream. Through a life we can try many different professions, but my big dream is to have friends in all countries around the world, who will remember me with a smile.”
Sea News Feature, February 22