10 September 2021
Bernardo FORTINI, Marine Engineer - LDA
1) Could you summarise your career path and present your current position? If you have evolved within LDA, could you please specify it?
From a young age I have been passionate about ships and the merchant navy. There was something unusual about the maritime industry I was meant to discover. In 2013 I joined the department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In 2017, I was awarded a scolarship to pursue my studies in France on the same field.
I hold a double degree diploma on Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from ENSTA Bretagne and UFRJ.
Before joining LDA, I worked on the assessment of seaworthiness of offshore O&G platforms at SBM Offshore (Monaco) and with Dynamic Positioning systems at Centrum Techniki Okrętowej (Poland).
I joined the EPI department at Louis Dreyfus Armateurs last November as Marine Engineer. Since then, I have been technically supervising the construction of 3 new Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm.
2) What do you particularly like about your job?
The thing I appreciate the most about my job is the technical challenges I am led to face daily and the support I have from my colleagues. Moreover, we work with very demanding clients that push us towards innovative solutions. Each day is a new day.
I supervise technically the construction of our 3 CTVs (two of them hybrid) that are currently being built in Fontenay-le-Comte, France. This means I must deliver a vessel suitable to its mission.
I count with the support of more experienced colleagues who share openly their knowledge on both technical and operational matters. This helps decision making and providing a built to purpose boat I will be proud of once it is deployed offshore.
Overall, I feel that few other companies offer this much exposure to young engineers. This is the best part, especially for someone who is willing to make a difference and take responsibilities.
3) A propos de votre métier : auriez-vous une anecdote ou un fait marquant à partager ?
There is still a lot of seas to sail.
I am a junior engineer and I have been working for LDA for less than a year. Even though most of this time we have faced restrictions due to the Covid-19, I had the pleasure of going onboard our cable layer vessels (Ile d’Aix and Ile de Sein), attending the inauguration of the Wind of Hope in Saint-Nazaire and witnessing the activities in the shipyard.
I know there is still a lot yet to come in my journey at LDA. I am interested to see where the wind will take me next.
4) Quelle est votre devise ?
“Don’t give up the ship” - Captain Lawrence