1 March 2022 was an important milestone for Svitzer AMEAs efforts to improve female representation in the region as a new training program in Egypt saw the light of day and welcomed 10 female cadets. Among them is Trainee Officer Jumana Elkholy who, now three months into the training, shares her journey as part of the Day of the Seafarer celebrations.

Why did you apply for the female training program?

I applied for the training program because I am seeking a more challenging opportunity in my field. The project was especially exciting for me because Svitzer is well-known for its unmatched level of professionalism and growth opportunities.

How has your experience been so far?

It has been a super good experience so far – I am really happy that I joined the program, and every day is full of new experiences and learnings. I always saw tugs assisting the large vessels during the manoeuvres and I never imagined for a moment that one day, I would be the one assisting these vessels. I am very excited, and I learned a lot since the beginning of my training. Without a doubt this is one of the best experiences I’ve had.

What has it meant for you to be part of this first female training program?

I am very happy that I was chosen to participate in such a unique program. It’s the first time I really feel the support for females in the maritime sector and I am excited to be part of it – and proud of Svitzer for being a pioneer.

What are your dreams for the future after the training program?

I hope to assist as many vessels as possible – me and the female crew – and prove that women can do anything. Finally, I wish to continue to be part of the Svitzer family and to achieve more successes with my colleagues.


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