Wife and one son
Translator for Polish workers abroad
Mercedes cars, driving, cooking
Marcin Kulas was six when he first went sailing with his father.
Marcin's father worked as a sailor and in the first of many trips, they travelled from Szczecin in Poland to Rotterdam via the Kiel Canal. Now 31, Marcin is the Chief Officer on Madrid Maersk, the first of the second-generation Triple-E vessels in the Maersk Line fleet.
"I liked travelling on ships, so I decided to go to sea," says Marcin, whose friendly personality does not mask his close eye for detail and dedication to duty. His father still works at sea, currently on a dredger in the North Sea.
The nautical links go deeper, as the family house is situated close to the lighthouse on Kapitanska, or Captain Street.
Eye for detail
The Polish Chief Officer - who still lives on Poland's Baltic coast in the village of Niechorze - joined Maersk in 2011 as a third officer and quickly worked his way up. Marcin's close working relationship with Captain Niels Larsen of Madrid Maersk is the foundation for good teamwork all over the ship.
"We have worked together for a long time, and in fact Niels promoted me," says Marcin. "We are friends at home too, but when we are working we make sure our relationship stays professional."
Each morning after breakfast, Marcin sets out on his rounds of the ship, looking for anything that might be out of order or need attention, including the containers. Even on a new ship like Madrid Maersk, there are maintenance jobs and other work that needs to be done. He spots dirt that has not been swept up, and a bench that is preventing a door from being tied back, which constitutes a potential safety hazard, and checks all the way to the bottom of the cargo holds.