Against The Tide

Wiebke Fretwurst, Germany

March 2, 2022

I have been working in the maritime industry for the past 4.5 years and I am currently an assistant F&B manager. As an Assistant F&B Manager you are responsible together with your F&B Manager for the daily service operation in all bars and restaurants onboard (according to the standards), scheduling according to MLC regulations, crew planning for future assignments onboard, check outs to ensure implementation of correct health and hygiene measures, beverage and equipment orders, inventories, preparation of voyage meetings, etc.

What I love most about my job is ​​working with many different nationalities, worldwide work & travel, sharing my passion, the sea and the people I work with feel like family & home. This is what I love most about my job.

Being a woman in the maritime industry means sometimes you need to prove yourself first before you get respected even if you are more capable in your job than most of the men. I do not have a personal story because most of the time it was not so obvious that I got threatened differently. But when you work with many different nationalities, in some cultures the women have unfortunately less rights and even if we are onboard more or less all the same, you could feel that they are struggling with respecting women sometimes.

One change I would like to see in the maritime industry is women should be able to get every job we want, no matter which gender we are. Our gender should not hinder us from getting jobs that we are qualified for. My advice to other women in the industry is: It’s not always easy but it’s so worth it!

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