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Rama Acknowledges Maritime Industry For Experience, Qualification

Rama Acknowledges Maritime Industry For Experience, Qualification
Michelle Caginatoba Rama at her work station
July 25
11:00 2018

For a woman in the maritime in­dustry in the shipping freight-forward industry for more than 20 years Michelle Caginatoba Rama has been there and has done that.

Ms Rama is known for her advoca­cy for more women to join the male dominated industry.

She was initially working as a re­ceptionist in Lami and doing her part-time studies with USP in 1995 when the maritime sector was intro­duced to her by a close family friend, Barbara Wong-Nasara.

“My first job in the male domi­nated field was a Documentation/Operations Officer with Freight Services (Fiji) Ltd (FSFL),” Ms Rama said.

Ms Rama is now Cargo Freight Station (CFS) Supervisor at Oceania Logistics (Fiji) Ltd (OLFL) and the only woman there now.

A big gratitude to her employers who have allowed her time that she is now a graduate of the Advanced Diploma in Quality Management at TAFE, a double Post Grad in Human Resource Management and Post Graduate Diploma in General Management.

“I have not looked back since find­ing my passion; the exciting part of my profession has been interaction with International companies, hav­ing the opportunity to train in Asia / Australia and New Zealand and learning the Operating Systems (freight forwarding software) and their operational work involved and applying it nationally”, Ms Rama said.

As the Cargo Freight Station (CFS) Supervisor at OLFL, her role is to effectively plan and organize and allocate manpower, equipment to enable efficient handling of cargo, plan CFS space and bay allocation, supervise loading and unloading of cargo, stuffing and de-stuffing of containers, and constantly improve CFS productivity.

In the last two and a half years, OLFL’s fleet has grown and they now have four prime movers, a side-lifter and there are plans in place in adding more to its fleet.

She also provides necessary re­ports on all inbound and outbound operations and ensures proper run­ning of the CFS through efficient pro­cessing of required documentation, stock accuracy and adhering to OHS procedures in place.

Apart from her role as the CFS Supervisor, Ms. Rama is also the OHS Officer and part of her role is to ensure the health and safety of the OLFL Team, its clients and visitors that grace its Office and CFS.

There have been a lot of positive in­fluence in Michelle’s career, particu­larly, her current employers at OLFL Jeffrey Lin, Bernard Hong-Tiy and John Hong-Tiy.

According to Ms Rama, their down to earth personalities is an indica­tion of good leadership in the indus­try.

“They make time to listen and talk to staff despite their busy schedules and have addressed issues as they arise,” she said.

She is also thankful for their tre­mendous support with the works she does with Fiji Women In Maritime Association (Fiji WIMA).

She acknowledges Joeli Taoi (FSFL) and Malcom Chan (Export Freight Services) – both have been her men­tors and contributed to her success in the industry from day one.

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