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In stressful times, we all look forward to meals that remind us of home and family.  The Nautical News asked Cook Olivier Bagispas now on MV Warsaw to share some of his favorite comfort food recipes.  Cook Bagispa, began his career with SMT in 2017 and has worked on MVs Pacific Pearl, Mobile Pearl and now Warsaw.




  • 6 salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon ground white garlic
  • Salt and black pepper to taste 
  • 1 teaspoon spicy paprika powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Half of lemon


Heat the oven to 165 C (325 F). Season both sides of the salmon with salt, pepper, paprika, and ground garlic. Set aside the salmon. Melt the butter in a wide sturdy skillet over medium heat. When the butter is bubbling, stir the minced garlic. Cook, stirring until warm  for about 1 minute.  Add the salmon fillet, and then cover the skillet with a sheet of aluminium foil. Bake the covered salmon fillet for 15 minutes. Uncover and pour butter over the salmon and continue to roast 5 to 10 minutes. Watch closely so the fish doesn't overcook. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the baked salmon, sprinkle with fresh parsley and minced garlic.

A day in the life...

Working under lockdown

Covid-19 has caused significant stress for workers around the world. Not only are we faced with unprecedented economic conditions, but we most also cope with dramatic changes to our work and home lives. Alejandro Garcia of SMT’s Commercial Department shares his personal experiences in this strange new world.


We now face daily challenges both in the shipping market and in our home routines.  Suddenly the house has become a workplace, a school, a shelter for extended family, and even a job search center for those family members laid off due to the pandemic. I am in a daily fight for freights while I also fight for space on the couch and for bandwidth to work from home.  Yet there have been some unexpected positives.

My daily commute has become noticeably shorter – the distance between my bed and my dining room table is precisely 20 steps. I have discovered new talents – dog and cat groomer and personal hair colorist for my spouse being two examples. (I have discovered that a hybrid beauty parlor for humans and pets can exist as long as proper social distancing guidelines are followed).  Yet overall, this is an extraordinary opportunity to connect with my family.

As natives of Miami, we are used to sheltering in place for hurricanes – but that lasts for hours rather than months.  Covid-19 has essentially stopped time, allowing us to spend precious moments with our loves ones. I have watched my children grow and now truly understand the meaning of “mother knows best”.  Despite its challenges, this pandemic shall soon pass and we will slowly return to our work and personal routines.  Yet before that happens – don’t forget to take the time to enjoy the gifts this time gives to all of us – and be grateful to share this experience with those closest to you.

The eternal second

Paul Keres

Paul Keres, Hoogovens Schaaktournooi,1969,

Paul Keres, Hoogovens Schaaktournooi,1969,

Paul Keres was a native of Estonia. At the time of his birth in 1916, Estonia was an independent state. During World War II, Estonia became part of the Soviet Union, but Keres remained a patriot and continued to be very popular in Estonia until his untimely death in 1975. When the country regained its independence in 1989, his picture appeared on both the country’s currency and postage stamps. Keres was also very popular in the chess world as a whole because of his brilliant style and his modest personality.

For thirty years -from 1935 till 1965- Keres was one of the five strongest chess players in the world. His greatest result was his tie for first in the strongest chess tournament ever played, that was organised in 1938 by the Dutch broadcasting company AVRO. The eight participants included world champion Aljechin, former world champions Capablanca and Euwe and the future world champion Botwinnik. His victory earned Keres the moral right to play a match with Aljechin for the world championship, but World War II intervened and the match was never played.

After the war keres came again close to earning the right to play a match for the world title but never quite made it. He He achieved second place in four successive competitions in1953, 1956, 1959 and 1962. He was therefore nicknamed as ‘the eternal second’.

Keres - Petrovs, 1940

Keres - Petrovs, 1940

The following game, played in 1940 against Petrovs, is a fine example of the attacking style of Paul Keres.

26. Txh7

26. Txh7

  1. e4 e5
  2. f4 d5
  3. exd5 e4
  4. d3 ♞xf6
  5. ♘d2 exd3
  6. ♗xd3 ♛xd5
  7. ♘gf3 ♝c5
  8. ♕e2+ ♛e6
  9. ♘e5 0-0
  10. ♘e4 ♞xe4
  11. ♕xe4 g6
  12. b4 ♝e7 

  1. ♗b2 ♝f6
  2. 0-0-0 ♞c6
  3. h4 h5
  4. g4 ♝xe5
  5. fxe5 ♛xg4
  6. ♛e3 ♞xb4
  7. e6 ♞d5
  8. exf7+ ♜xf7
  9. ♗c4 c6
  10. ♖xd5 ♛xc4
  11. ♕e8+