As a 4th engineer in the vessel I work for I am responsible for the operation and maintenance of purifiers, compressors, incinerator, sewage system and other auxiliary machineries.
I have faced several challenges in my career so far mainly stemming from self-doubt and the discrimination I have faced from my colleagues at times. At first my colleagues onboard doubted my capabilities since they haven’t seen how I work or my skill set. I mitigate this by showing them that I can do my duties and responsibilities in an efficient and safe way. Later on they gave me respect as an equal seafarer.
This industry needs more women and any woman looking to pursue a career at sea, go for it, be brave and work hard towards your goal.
Angelica Cuyno, 4th Engineer