My responsibilities; as an officer of watch (OOW) is primarily been responsible at all times for the safe navigation of the ship, Inspection and maintenance of firefighting, lifesaving in accordance with the maintenance system and appropriate regulations and training of the crew, as requested.
In my opinion, work at sea is perfect opportunity to see the world, to meet new people, and to familiarize yourself with different cultures.
I have been fortunate enough not to meet any major challenges in my career.In fact I worked harder and sometimes more than my male counterparts to prove myself. If you believe yourself and if you have strong determination, nothing is unachievable. I become accepted and appreciated by my colleagues.
My advice to current and future woman sailors is to believe in yourself and stay strong. Together we will destroy prejudices. I hope IMO will continue advocating for women to have the same opportunities that men have.
Fidan is currently a 3rd Officer.