For ladies seafaring is a better option!
Call made on the Day of the Seafarer to girls to join the seafaring profession which is considered more advantageous
Britannia, please excuse! Ladies set to rule the waves!! Please don’t take it as a warning, or a threat of any kind nor is it a declaration. But Ms Anuradha Jha who will be taking command of a vessel of the Shipping Corporation of India next week spoke highly about seafaring career for girls and made a passionate call on the ‘Day of Seafarer 2013’ to all young ladies looking for a satisfying career. She attested that seafaring is a better profession for ladies and that serving on board ladies were at a distinct advantage in many ways.
The appeal made by Ms Jha turned out to be one of the remarkable presentations that were made during the celebration of the ‘Day of the Seafarer 2013’ held on 25 June 2013. The event brought together a large number of people from various sectors of the maritime industry most of them being cadets and mariners both sailing and those who have left the sea. Ms Jha explained that women seafarers too have made immense contribution to seafaring and explained that the life for ladies at sea can be interesting and gratifying.
Ms Jha gave a candid appraisal of the life at sea and the exciting work environment as well as the good response she always received from the floating staff all of which served as a morale booster thus making her days at sea stimulating. When she first set sail she was wary about the work environment and what it would all turn out to be. But surprisingly it was better than she expected.
“During my past 10 years at sea, I found male seafarers typically are gentle and humble and have lot of respect for women,” she said. “Compared to other working environments lady officers at sea do not have to struggle as much. In fact I was overwhelmed by the respect I got at sea. I enjoyed a sense of belonging – belonging to the seafaring community.
“One may be curious how a lady officer performs on board”, she said. “I can say confidently that ladies are respected and are capable. Capable of accomplishing their task quickly, which made me feel very special and proud. As chief officer I always received maximum cooperation from the ship staff and on several occasions they went out of the way to see that all went well. So what do I have to say to the girl cadets?”
She said that a career for ladies at sea is peaceful and safe and offers good opportunities to grow. The sea offers an extremely challenging environment but it is a safe environment and satisfying.
Another interesting presentation was made by Chirag Bahri, Regional Director, India/South Asia, Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) on the successes they had achieved in rehabilitating many seafarers who had been victims of piracy and made to undergo severe torture and tormentation resulting in many suffering a break-down. Nearly all cases MPHRP had succeeded to get over the trauma and go back to sea.
Other speakers included Capt Harish Khatri, Dy. D.G. (Technical) DGS who explained in details what the Maritime Labor Convention meant to the seafarers. R. Bajpaee, CEO of Brenhard Schulte Shipmanagement, A.PV.N. Sarma, former Shipping Secretary to the government of India, the guest of honor, Capt P.V.K. Mohan, Chairman of National Shipping Board, the Chief guest and Gautam Chatterjee, Director General of Shipping, government of India spoke on the occasion highlighting some of the developments that would benefit seafarers.The Celebration committee honored 28 Indian seafarers who were victims of piracy and had put up a brave front. They were presented with bravery awards. They were sailing on m.v. Iceberg 1 and m.v. Royal Grace and other vessels that were hijacked and some of the unfortunate victims were kept in captivity by the Somalian pirates for more than 1000 days especially those on m.v. Iceberg 1.