Bibby Maritime would like to take a moment to appreciate the hard work and effort of our Barge crew, in particular Mick Leake, the Barge Master of the Bibby Bergen and his team.
Challenge: The Bibby Bergen was struck by what seemed to be a bout of bad luck and was hit by a series of unfortunate technical difficulties. The barge required the skills needed to rectify the various situations and Barge Master Mick Leake and his team delivered, consistently.
Solution: As a small gesture of recognition for the hard work Mick has accomplished recently, we decided to interview him and give you a short insight into his day-to-day work life. See his Q&A’s below.
How long have you worked for Bibby?
I have been employed for nearly 14 years joining the Bibby Stockholm, Christmas week 2005.
Please describe your role including the main responsibilities?
My main role as Barge Master is to ensure the safety of the of the vessel and the safety, health and welfare of all crew, clients and visitors on board. It is also my role to ensure that company policies and Safety Management System (SMS) is adhered to and furthering this, to motivate crew members in achieving this goal. With my maintenance background I like to have a hands on approach when possible and enjoy contributing to the day to day running of the vessel.
How do you think your role helps the company succeed in meeting its objectives?
I think it is the high standards, professional attitudes and skill sets of all the Bibby crews that help achieve the company's objectives. For me personally, having a friendly approach helps build good solid relationships with the client and residents on board.
What do you enjoy mostly about your work?
The satisfaction that I can contribute to solve issues on board. I enjoy it when the vessel runs smoothly. On a broader picture, you never know where the vessels can take you. I have been lucky enough to travel to many countries, Manus Island in Papua New Guinea being one that stands out.
What motivates you to get your job done?
Achieving results, learning new skills and self-pride has to be up there. I like knowing that completing a job may make someone's day a lot easier.
How challenged do you feel on a daily basis?
It varies from day to day. Most days run smoothly allowing you to carry out your duties as normal. Occasionally however, you can be hit by a succession of problems and this can be very challenging indeed. This is when the experience of our crews kick in and in my experience we overcome any problems that we have faced.
How do you wind-down on board?
I am a massive Liverpool fc fan and like to tune in when they play. Like most people family are important to me, so keeping in touch helps me to unwind at the end of the day.
Which of the Bibby Values do you relate to the most?
I think all of Bibby’s values are important but for me it has to be Work together this will then allow the other values to fall into place.
Bibby Maritime are proud to have such high quality persons in our team and once again thank Mick and his team for their contributions to the Bibby Bergen.
We look forward to what October Brings!