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The view of the Gulf of Mexico from our 9 floor corner unit apartment at Starlight Tower resembles the bridge of a vessel. You have an uncanny sensation that you are in the middle of the Ocean navigating towards your destination wherever that may be. It doesn't matter if the sea is calm or stormy, you feel you are in it once again! Been a sailor that feeling can not be bought for all the gold in the world. This is one of the many reasons I am passionately in love with Starlight Tower. I am a Merchant Marine First Deck Officer. You can see my credentials in this page. The 1st Deck Officer is also called: Lieutenant-Commander, Captain, Mate, First Officer, Chief Mate among others. My nautical carrier was associated primarily with Ikaros Compania de Navigation, S.A., a company belonging to one among of the oldest maritime family owned business in Greece that owned a small fleet of cargo ships which operated in the Baltic, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Black Sea. All their vessels were under Panama flag for the same reason Aristotle Onassis were as well as Liberia flag. Ask any sailor why. That story is for another chapter. Been of Greek origin I have chosen as music background Zorba the Greek, so happy sailing...

Major duties and responsibilities of the First Deck Officer: The 1st Deck Officer is the Master of the vessel in the Master's absence. The 1st Officer ensures that the bridge is operated in accordance with all applicable regulations and company policies, during all prevailing circumstances and conditions. The 1st Officer ensures that the members of the bridge team are aware of, and properly perform their duties. While in port the 1st Officer, from the bridge, monitors the gangways, supervises the moorings and is aware of any significant work in progress.
The 1st Officer is responsible to ensure that all alarm and safety panels are monitored effectively. Is alert for weather changes at sea and in port. Logs the course of events on his/her watch, and follows all requirements. The vessel's first officer serves at sea and on shore. Is skilled as a pilot and navigator and is experienced in maneuvering and able to helm the ship. Is experienced in handling and rigging of cargo. Is knowledgeable in deck procedures and operation of equipment, and is qualified and able to act as the Master of the vessel during his navigational watch or during the temporary absence of the Master. Is responsible for the vessel's accommodations, catering, safety equipment and maintenance of deck equipment.

Master and Commander Louisa Denise Antonatos -maiden name - now Simos retired Merchant Marine First Officer and Webmaster of Starlight Tower

Translation:
Republic of Panama
Ministry of Property and Treasure
Merchant Marine National Certificate of Suitability
No. 49392

Master and Commander Louisa Denise Antonatos -maiden name - now Simos retired Merchant Marine First Officer and Webmaster of Starlight Tower

I was young then but I think you can still say its me!

Master and Commander Louisa Denise Antonatos -maiden name - now Simos retired Merchant Marine First Officer and Webmaster of Starlight Tower


Maritime Authority
Undersigned by: Jorge A. Fernandez - Consul General
Certifies that: Louisa Denise Antonatos
(I was not married then so here is my maiden name)
 
The carrier of this certificate has been verified and identified for its suitability and therefore has the capacity necessary to exert the position of First Deck Officer (Primo Oficial de Cubierta) in ships and therefore remains authorized to exercise equal charge in ships of the National Merchant Marine.
Date: May 20, 1969, the Consul's Signature and so on and Number of Order: 69


Master and Commander Louisa Denise Antonatos -maiden name - now Simos retired Merchant Marine First Officer and Webmaster of Starlight Tower

Name and Patent of the Ship: "LUISA" - General Cargo
Enlistment Place and Date: Venice, May 20, 69
Occupation and Contract: 1st Deck Officer
Signature of Captain and Authority: The Consul's Signature and then the Captain's


Master and Commander Louisa Denise Antonatos -maiden name - now Simos retired Merchant Marine First Officer and Webmaster of Starlight Tower

And finally the very last page and I hope you don't expect me to translate!
Louisa Denise Antonatos retired as a merchant marine in April 1972 to get married to Evangelos Otto Simos, #908 and in August 18, 1972 they came to America. That's the short version of the story. If I have no material from you, I think I will write a mini biography here. Stay tuned.
 
Sailors don't talk a lot but what they say consider it as a contract. Bottom line: If my crew could trust me with their lives, you can trust me in running honorably this website whose ultimate goal is and will always be the smooth running of our beloved Starlight! The Master and Commander has spoken and you can take that to the bank. Opa!


 
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