It's a man's world? Sheafarers in the shipping industry

Women in seafaring talk about their life and work on board a ship - in a masculine world. Click on their names to read their stories.

Saga Forsman                 Jolanta                 Billur Bahar                 Tamara Gau

SHEafarers Jolanta

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Jolanta, 29, AB, Polish, started in 2009

 

Why did you decide to become seafarer?
I have always loved sailing but dreamed of a little bigger boat as well and that is how it started.
 
Why do you love your job?
There are a few things in my life which make me lose my sense of time and give me such a great pleasure during doing them. My job is one of these and this is why i love it.
 
What is/was your most dangerous
incident on board?

It was grounding with passengers on board, next to the harbor breakwater, definitely. The hull plating had been torn and we started to take water. We had to call SAR service and evacuate everyone.

  What do you miss the most on board
during a contract?

Probably I will not be original but they are: family, boy-friend and inland nature.
 
Do you see yourself being a feminist?
No. I always loved to work with men and I respect them deeply. The situation of females at sea is not perfect but they are very strong, talented and convincing and this is why the world is changing for good. I see the future positively without the need to manifest inequality.
 
Would you support your daughter
becoming a seafarer?

Three times YES, YES, YES.
 
What is the most challenging in a crew
for an only female seafarer?

Struggling with losers who do not accept female seafarers. It is very important not to get bullied and used.
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