BY JANET KARI
SAILORS are the adventurous type. They are also courageous people.
Their adventures take them to the mighty oceans where they must face the elements of nature, sometimes heavy seas, storms, huge waves, strong winds that can test the courage of even a hardened sailor.
Sailing is therefore not for the faint hearted.
One young man who has chosen this adventurous path to live is Morobean Brian Guba, 25.
Guba works as a student engineer on an ocean-going vessel owned and operated by Consort Shipping.
While young at sea, his strength and comfort come from his parents, who have a strong Christian background.
He says it is his parents’ Bible verses that give him the strength to continue working at sea every day.
Brian has worked as a cadet with Consort for five years.
“Life on a ship is difficult, sometimes lonely and it’s totally different from working and living on land, but it’s my parents’ words of wisdom that keep me going,” said Brian.
“Mom’s Bible verse for me is John 16:23 and my father’s favorite verse that I will always keep with me is Joshua 1: 9; ‘Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid… for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. These are the verses of the Bible, which I take with me wherever the boat sails.
Brian joined the Cadet Program in 2016 when he was selected to study at PNG Maritime College under the Consort Express Lines Cadet Scholarship Program.
He was one of 14 students selected at Lae High School in 2015 to study for the scholarship.
“I joined Consort in 2016 and while I was on an 11 month contract in 2017 aboard the MV Gazelle Coast and as I was sailing from Port Moresby to Lae via the port of Alotau, the news came that my dad passed away, ”recalls Brian.
“His passing broke my heart because I didn’t know it, but as we all know, life is not easy and difficult for a lot of people. With his encouraging Bible verses, I returned to continue my work as an engineering student under the scholarship program, ”he added.
Brian enjoys working under the supervision of senior engineers and has learned not to give excuses.
“It is always a privilege for me to sail aboard with some of the best marine engineer officers in PNG as I have learned so much and will always be grateful to Consort.