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Captain Singh Urges Women To Become Seafarers

  Captain Ranjiyt Singh is another woman ship captain who has talked to the Fiji Sun. Currently she is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Grace Prasad Shipping &
14 Dec 2016 11:00
Captain Singh Urges Women To Become Seafarers
Captain Ranjiyt Singh (right).

 

Captain Ranjiyt Singh is another woman ship captain who has talked to the Fiji Sun.

Currently she is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Grace Prasad Shipping & Landlords.

The director is her father Latchman Prasad who has been in this business for 55 years.

Her father is a boat builder and builds ships for the company.

The latest company boat will be the Return of Taveuni Princess 2.

She said – “One great advantage is that its Dad’s business and I am the boss. It’s so cool to work in own business.”

Captain Singh is also a qualified engineer and nurse.

She is 38-years-old and is single.

Read her interview.

Fiji Sun: Your education back ground?

Cpt Singh: As a profession, I first did a Business Management degree, than did Bachelor in Nursing from 2000 to 2003.

I was a nurse for about 10years before doing my maritime studies.

My dad sold our family business to a Mr Ranjiyt Singh in Taveuni and we went to Australia. Within a year he could not operate so we returned to restart the business.

I had Sea Pilot from the NSW University so I came to hel0 my dad for a while and at the same time did my sea practical.

Fiji Sun: Why have you chosen to be a seafarer?

Capt Singh: I chose to be a seafarer because I love sea, fishing and now after three years of doing business I have my dad’s passion. I love boat and sea.

To begin with my work as a seafarer and captain of our ship carrying passengers from Taveuni to Natuvu I really had a hard time. Male passengers usually make comments about me like –

“How can she drive the boat? Women are always scared. “You are too small to be a captain.” I stood firm and confronted them. After a month the passengers were ok.

I am also a boat engineer so people and other boat owners doubted my capability but I proved them wrong.

While I was doing my practical here in Fiji there was a lot of discrimination from the men and that’s a fact.

Fiji Sun: Just talk about what is like to be a seafarer especially when it’s a male dominated?

Capt Singh: I am now very comfortable as a seafarer. My men folks have finally accepted me. Now people in Taveuni are praising me for the service I’m providing them and that is really a bonus to me.

A big plus for me is my dad owns the boat. He is the director of the company and I am the chief executive officer and we have been operating this business for the last 55 years.

My dad has built more than six to eight 55 ft to 60 feet boats with the timber supplied by his elder brother and nephew, Ravind Manhindar Kumar. Mr Latchman Prasad is the founder and he is the one who started the ferry service in Taveuni.

We operate daily except Saturdays as it is our Sabbath Day.

Fiji Sun: Talk about how you become a ship captain, where you got your certificate and challenges you face.

Capt Singh: I obtained all my degrees from NSW, University, Australia. After a year of sea practice in Fiji I qualified to be Captain for Latchman Prasad. I had received a licence to operate in Fiji waters. My Dad is a qualified captain too for the last 55 years with no accidents what so ever.

Fiji Sun: Which boat are you in charge of and who owns it? Just give a brief about the company.

Capt Singh: We have like Grace 1, Grace 2 and the Taveuni Princess. The latest one will be the Return of Taveuni Princess 2.

Our company is known as Grace Shipping & Landlords.

The director is my dad, Latchman Prasad and I am the chief executive officer and captain. My dad owns the company and I am the boss. Once a year we have a family reunion here in Taveuni on the boat.

Fiji Sun: Your advice to women who want to become a seafarer?

Capt Singh: Try out other things. I don’t believe that it’s a men’s job. If you have little interest in other field try to become a seafarer.

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