DISCOVER Magazine #7

Piotr Sabatura

Published in category: People


32 years old and single
Thinks: to learn something new every day
Chooses: the AHTS 200 as his favourite ship

“My father is a retired coast guard, meaning that I came into contact with the shipping world from an early age. Yet it was never my dream to stand at the helm as a captain; I wanted to learn more about how the industry works. After majoring in a Marine Market course at the Technical University of Gdansk, I started an internship at the Damen yard in my hometown when I was 26. While studying, you learn a lot, but work itself is even more instructive – every day I learn something new. I never had any doubts when I was offered a permanent position at the yard to become a member of the Damen family.

The relationship with my colleagues is important – after all, we do spend a lot of time together in the workplace. I offer a helping hand to anyone who asks for it. As well as talking about work-related matters, we also have wide-ranging conversations – our political discussions can get especially lively. When one of our colleagues goes on holiday we sometimes pull a practical joke to surprise them on their return. For example, we once sowed grass in someone’s computer keyboard – they came back to a small lawn!

During the week I like to spend my evenings at home with a book or movie on the sofa – Stephen King’s books and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns are my favourites. My weekends are busier: playing football in an amateur league or watching an exciting match in the stadium. Unfortunately, cooking is not in my blood. Therefore, if possible, I eat out to discover new world cuisines. That’s unless there is a dinner with family or friends in my agenda, with board games for dessert. Even then, my work plays a part: as a child I liked to play Battleships whereas now I love playing strategic board games like Settlers of Catan.”

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