Against The Tide

Zaitun Hassan, Kenya

November 5, 2021

I have been working in this position for the last 2 years. As a third engineer, my job entails maintenance on the engines including making sure lubrications of the machineries are ok, proper cooling is sufficient, and cleaning up of the machineries. As well as overhauling which is done after an engine breakdown and so it includes changing of gaskets, new pistons, bearings…etc.

What I love most about my job is the fact that I can prove that women are capable of working and succeeding in a career at sea. When I get machines to work after breakdowns gives me such a satisfying rejoice.

Being a female seafarer has literally come with several challenges including being seen as a weak person and so you have to work extra miles just to prove your worth. I have been mocked for joining a male dominated sector but still have to overcome it all. Whenever I am allocated any other task it means I need to work extra hard always because all eyes are on me so I need to stand out positively.

One thing I would advocate for female seafarers is that we should be given the same priority as any other seafarer, after all it’s the skill and knowledge that counts, not the gender.

My advice to female seafarers is that this field is like no other. A life full of adventure….growth….both mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. The sea calls for more women. Remember the future is female.

Zaitun Hassan, Kenya

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