A ferry crewman who photographed himself changing a light bulb on the main mast of a vessel has won an international competition.
Third officer Marino Giorgetti’s snap at the top of the MV Isle of Arran was the one that most impressed judges at seafarers’ union Nautilus.
The competition judges were on the lookout for pictures of things not normally associated with life on board.
Mr Giorgetti, from Largs, serves aboard the MV Bute on the Wemyss Bay Rothesay crossing. Apart from changing light bulbs, his duties involve general maintenance on the vessel, maintaining the deck logbook and assisting the chief officer and master as required.
He said: “I saw the competition on the Nautilus twitter feed and remembered we were taking some shots when the vessel was in dry dock and thought they might like it. Passengers travelling on board don’t always appreciate that something as simple as changing a life bulb can actually be quite a major undertaking.”
Last year CalMac’s 33-strong fleet carried more than 5.3 million passengers and 1.4 million vehicles to 50 ports and slipways on island and remote mainland locations.
Nautilus International general secretary Mark Dickinson congratulated Mr Giorgetti for his success and noted how the winning image illustrates the Union’s key message of how Seafarers often work far from home away from families in order to deliver 95 per cent of the world’s goods.
He was presented with his award at the Nautilus annual general meeting in Rotterdam and a canvass of his photo will hang in the union’s London HQ