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Talei’s Love For Ships

Twenty-one-year-old Akanisi Talei has developed a fascination for ships. From a mechanical engineering background, to a marine workshop for practical, here she boarded a ship for the first time. Now
15 Apr 2015 08:34
Talei’s Love For Ships
Akanisi Talei

Twenty-one-year-old Akanisi Talei has developed a fascination for ships.

From a mechanical engineering background, to a marine workshop for practical, here she boarded a ship for the first time.

Now she feels that she will comfortably settle well in the maritime sector.

Ms Talei, is an attaché with the Marine Industrial and Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL) at Walu Bay, Suva.

Apart from having a slipway, MISEL has four different workshops including a Welding & Fabrication Workshop, Fitting & Machining Workshop, Carpentry Workshop and Surface Preparation and Industrial Coatings Workshop.

There are two women on attachment at the company, something MISEL is promoting– the inclusion of females in its workshops.

Despite challenges of working in the male dominated workshop, Ms Talei actually enjoys it.

Having to learn from very skilled and experienced works men at the MISEL workshop, Ms Talei says, is a bonus.

“I’ve completed the four stages of my Trade Diploma in Mechanical Engineering course and will graduate in December, so, I am currently on my one year practical attachment.

“Just six weeks working here and I’m so excited learning new things everyday from experienced staff. Working amongst men is not an issue as I’ve learned to blend in well.”

The young Naitasiri native shared that she boarded a ship for the first time when a vessel was put out for sea trial, after repair and maintenance at the MISEL slipway.

Nervous at first, Ms Talei says, this exposure opened her eyes to broaden her learning that her field of work is not only limited within the walls of a workshop.

 

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