My current job responsibilities entail working hand in hand with the captain and the rest of the crew, filling logbooks, watch keeping, navigating, maintenance, drills and bunkering operation.
What I love most about my job is getting to learn new things, whilst working at sea every day is different and you learn new things each day. I also love navigating and being at sea because it’s therapeutic for me and the sound of the water and the beautiful sunsets and sunrise are very peaceful to experience.
I have faced some challenges as a female seafarer, I had to work hard to prove myself. They believed there were some tasks I couldn’t carry out because I’m female and most times they made comments like “this is not a place for women, you will have to stop coming to sea when you get married” but I know this is where I belong so I won’t stop!
I’d like to see women being given more opportunities onboard, especially in higher positions to show other women that it is possible and so that the stereotype that seafaring is a man’s job can end.
My advice to other female seafarers is, life is like the ocean, waves will try to knock you down and push you back to where you started but once you fight through them, the ocean is yours!
Treasure Ekong, Nigeria