Name: Alberto López
Position: Chief Engineer
Yacht: M/Y Vibrance
Years in Current Position: 1
Years in Industry: 20
Previous Vessels: M/Y DB9, M/Y Soprano, S/Y Blue Papillon, M/Y Hells Bells
If I weren’t on a yacht, I would be working on a merchant ship or tug.
I began my career in yachting after merchant ships and maritime construction. I thought yacht life would be easier.
The most challenging part of the job is staying away from my family.
My worst mechanical failure as an engineer was in a shaft seal with oil pollution.
The biggest issue facing yacht engineers today is electronics that are controlling everything. You need to have a great knowledge of electricity and networks.
My advice for those looking to get started is to be patient. Try to learn as much as you can and don’t be afraid if you have to ask questions.
My advice for those looking to impress on the job is to be meticulous and clean. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know. I will investigate.”
Something I’ve learned about myself through yachting that I never knew about myself before is that I can keep calm in very stressful situations.
My most significant achievement is to keep learning every single day.
The best part about my job is when everything runs fine without failures.
This column originally ran in the April 2021 issue of Dockwalk.