I have been working in the maritime industry for the past 19 years and my current job responsibilities include manning the DP system when in operation, navigation officer when in transit, incharge of life saving equipment, in Charge of Navigational Equipment and reporting to the Captain and Chief Officer.
What I love most about my job is free travel, the Ship I’m currently driving, the people I meet whilst on board and at the different destinations I travel to, the crew I’m working with, the places I explore and the food I discover.
When I was newly promoted as an OS, 15yrs ago, my bosun once told me “females aren’t supposed to work onboard ships, women belong to the kitchen only” and proving him wrong has been my motivation until this day.
When I was onboard a Cable Ship, I once found a naked guy in my bed after I finished my shift at 4am. I kicked him out obviously but it was very disturbing that men are comfortable with such advances simply because I am a woman and think I would be okay with that.
Women are a necessity in any field because we are the main ingredients for a well balanced workplace. We can lead and we provide finesse in everything we do.
My advice to other female seafarers is a mindset strong as a diamond and a heart as patient as a mother. This will get you through a lot at sea.