Bulgarian naval research ship bound back home from Antarctica

site.btaDay 99: Seaman Yanev Looks Forward to Reuniting with Family

Day 99: Seaman Yanev Looks Forward to Reuniting with Family
Day 99: Seaman Yanev Looks Forward to Reuniting with Family
Seaman Nikolai Yanev (Photo: BTA/Konstantin Karagyozov)

"I look forward to reuniting with my family," Seaman Nikolai Yanev, who serves as a motorman on the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421), told BTA as the ship was taking part in the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Mission. Yanev spoke about his two biggest joys in life: his girlfriend and his daughter. "I will be back with them soon," he said.

Yanev's job is to monitor the general condition of the ship's engine compartment and to conduct regular checks on the three diesel-powered generators.

After about 100 days at sea, Yanev admits that a long voyage can be exhausting, above all psychologically, if you give everyday matters too much thought. He says: "While on board, I often shut myself off from my surroundings. I just stop paying attention to what is around me. It is a kind of protective mechanism in situations when I could be upset even by the tiniest detail. Honestly, it is getting more and more dreary as the voyage is coming to a close. When I feel down, I'd rather spend my energy on sideline activities such as working out. This seems to leave little room for negative thoughts."

Seaman Yanev went on to say: "I try to be positive when I am with other people. Keep my spirit high. While on board, we use jokes just to make time pass and carry through with our obligations. Otherwise, it will not work. On a bad day, I try not to give other people bad energy. I try not to take it out on other crew members, at least not on those whom I feel closer. Obviously, it is impossible for everyone to like everyone else all the time in such a closed environment, but even though there may be tension or dislike for someone else deep inside, it is important to maintain a good working relationship throughout our joint work."

BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back and covered the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout its stay in Antarctica.

All media outlets can use the Bulgaria-Antarctica BTA's Log for free.




By 03:39 on 28.02.2024 Today`s news

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