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Fascination With Ships Led To Maritime Career

“I went through the whole, programme successfully doing physical classes then heading on-board various ships to do my practicals. After five years of classes and on-board practicals, I got my first certificate of competency, became a ship officer, and gradually climbed up the ranks. Sailing the southern and northern hemisphere,” Ms Lutuni said.
24 Nov 2021 10:00
Fascination With Ships Led To Maritime Career
Sheryne Lutuni after graduating from World Maritime University in Sweden.

While growing up on the island in Levuka, seeing different ships sail across her home was always inspirational for Sheryne Lutuni.

Her fascination with what she described as a marvelous equipment, the 34-year-old pursued maritime studies to understand how ships operate.

 

Maritime studies
Her maritime studies began in 2006 soon after completing high school at St John’s College.

She enrolled into the deck apprentice Programme at the then Fiji Institute of Technology (now Fiji National University), a training programme for ship officers.

That was where her seafaring career was born.

 

“I went through the whole, programme successfully doing physical classes then heading on-board various ships to do my practicals.”

“After five years of classes and on-board practicals, I got my first certificate of competency, became a ship officer, and gradually climbed up the ranks.”

“Sailing the southern and northern hemisphere,” Ms Lutuni said.

 

She recently graduated from World Maritime University in Sweden where she attained a Masters of Science in Maritime Affairs specialising in Maritime Law and Policy.

She explained that seafarers are handed over rules, regulations and conventions where they cannot change but to comply with.

She added that by specialising in maritime law and policy, she would be able to influence these regulations to make sound contributions to make maritime policies more robust.

 

Challenge
Being in a male dominated field, proving one’s worth and capabilities to ship-owners was a challenge Ms Lutuni strived to live up to.

“For seafaring women, there is not only life at sea but also a career onshore, getting these qualifications enable seafaring women to have two options, whether work at sea or land whenever they feel like it.”

“They will not be trapped into one job all the time but have a choice that suits them best,” Ms Lutuni said.

 

She hopes that her achievement from World Maritime University would also inspire upcoming women seafarers as more awareness into the seafaring career needs to be done.

While Fiji does not offer other courses in the maritime field , Ms Lutuni said the industry needs to work towards building up these courses in the not so distant future to build a more competitive maritime workforce.

 

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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