Article

First female marine pilot beats the tide in Djibouti


published on 21 May 2021 199 -

Sea transport has for many years been a reserve of men with few women getting the opportunity, especially in most African countries. But for Fatouma Ali Ahmed, women can equally steer ships just as men can do.

Fatouma is the first female marine pilot in the port of Djibouti and currently heads the Pilotage Department in the same port. According to her testimony posted on LinkedIn, Fatouma, a mother of 3-year-old twins joined the marine industry in 2012.

But she had to study English for six months first before starting her formal training as a marine pilot. Despite concluding her studies, Fatouma still needed a practical experience at sea but could not get the chance in her country or neighbouring Ethiopia.

“As a female in the Maritime Industry one of my greatest challenges has been trying to get sea time,” Fatouma said. “All my male classmates that I attended class with were already at sea doing their sea time with the Ethiopian shipping company and at the time the company was not accepting woman onboard their ships.”

Her chance would finally come when the Djibouti port authority got her a chance at P&O Maritime in Australia, ‘where I was able to complete my sea time.’

Fatouma attributes her success to ‘progressive parents who believed in educating their daughter’. She adds that she is married to a marine engineer ‘who is a great support system since he understands the industry.’
What's your opinion on this?
Login or register to write comments and join the discussion!
Read more...

Video Ten less known facts about Kenya’s first female Marine Pilot, Elizabeth Marami

published on 5 December 2019

Elizabeth Marami, 28, has made history by becoming Kenya’s first female marine pilot. Born and bred in the coastal city Mombasa, Marami initially studied law at the University of Nairobi, but later changed course and went on to pursue navigation in Alexandria, Egypt for 5 years. “I always grew up knowing that I wanted to do something different, Something out of the ordinary. Being awarded a scholarship to pursue this career was God’s answered prayer…,” she says.
Her job as a marine pilot...

1

Video #InternationalWomensDay: Female Harbour Pilot

published on 12 March 2020

Women’s rights and gender equality are taking centre stage in 2020. But for some women, the fear of gender discrimination has never stopped them from pursuing their dream and Ms Amelia Pickering, a Harbour Pilot, is one of them.
Inspired by her father, she shares how she started her journey in the Maritime industry and some of the challenges she faced being a female Harbour Pilot.

0

Article Kiel Canal fully closed after accident

published on 30 November 2022

The Finnish special vessel "Meri" collided with Holtenau High Bridge (Holtenauer Hochbrücke) over the Kiel Canal early on Wednesday morning at around 4.37 am.

1

Video Frontal collision between two vessels on Welland Canal yesterday (Canada)

published on 12 July 2020

An investigation is underway following a collision between "Florence Spirit" and "Alanis" in the Welland Canal. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Saturday near Port Robinson when the dry bulk cargo ship "Alanis", which was carrying windmill parts to Duluth, Minnesota, collided during a passing maneuver with the "Florence Spirit", which was carrying coal on its way to Quebec. Editors Note: According to the "Welland Tribune", the Florence Spirit was heading down the canal while the MV...

0

Article Death of Pilot Dennis Sherwood: IMPA President statement to IMO. New photos of Maersk Kensington.

by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 23 January 2020

IMPA President makes a statement to IMO on January 17th regarding the passing of Captain Dennis Sherwood. A letter to IMO was published via Twitter today.

0

Video Explosions and major fire on oil tanker MT. JAG LEELA at Belawan, Indonesia.

published on 11 May 2020

Explosions and major fire on Aframax crude oil tanker MT. JAG LEELA at Belawan, Indonesia. 10 May 3020

0

Article Pilot Profiles Webinar by AMPI

by Australasian Marine Pilots Institute - published on 31 October 2021

Free Marine Pilot Profiles webinar, unday 14th November at 7pm AEDT. Open to everyone.

0

Video Pilot Boat "Ocean Pearl" from Pakistan

published on 16 June 2021

Pilot boat
#Sealife #Seaman

0

Video Eden Pilot Station & it's Harbour Masters-Pilots

published on 17 August 2020

Created by Eden Killer Whale Museum in association with a display, 'Navigating the way' looking back at the 160 years of history of Eden's Pilot Station and its harbour masters-pilots.
'Navigating the way' was on display from 19 August 2020.

0