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Qutonilaba’s Dream Trip A Reality

Youngest female deck hand with Goundar Shipping Limited, Sainimere Qutonilaba’s, face lit up when she was selected to be part of the 20-member crew chosen to bring back the MV
04 Oct 2017 11:00
Qutonilaba’s Dream Trip A Reality
Sainimere Qutonilaba. Photo: Wilona Ravato

Youngest female deck hand with Goundar Shipping Limited, Sainimere Qutonilaba’s, face lit up when she was selected to be part of the 20-member crew chosen to bring back the MV Lomaiviti Princess V.

The crew left the country on Sunday for Canada.

The 25-year-old from Malawai in Gau said it is an experience of a lifetime and she hopes to gain experience, being one of three females travelling with senior crew members.

“This opportunity will allow me to explore beyond my comfort zone and enable me to observe how my work is carried out abroad.

“I will also understand the operation of this new vessel,” she said.

Her broad built physic is a plus point, especially in her line of duty. She carries out work like the maintenance of hulls, decks, superstructure, cargo handling and mooring with different shift hours doing deck hand watch on the captain’s bridge.

“Apart from working as a deck hand, I also observe and help navigate the ship with the use of the simulator machine when the captain is steering on the bridge.

“This trip will also help me familiarise myself with the machines on board the new vessel as I will be one of the first few deck hands to work with it,” she added.

Being on board in the male-dominated vessel can prove quite challenging for Ms Qutonilaba, as she has to keep up to speed with the workload required and remain strong willed during the long hours at sea.

“It was challenging when I first began my sea time completing my cadetship, but it gave me the strength to endure the obstacles and continue persevering with my goals.”

She started her studies at the Fiji Maritime Academy in 2011 and is on the last road to completing her fifth stage sea time in order to graduate with a Trade Diploma in Nautical Engineering.

“This trip will be just as exciting for me as we will spend a month in Canada and return by mid-November.

This leaves me with one month left to complete my overseas sea time.”

The 20-member crew will undergo a week long orientation before heading out to the Dry Dock in Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.

Ms Qutonilaba attributes her greatest source of support to her loving family.

The Lomaviti V is expected to sail back to Fiji within 16 days after all the surveying and maintenance work is completed.

The vessel is the latest addition to GSL’s fleet that is expected to service the Suva-Savusavu-Taveuni route daily.



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