Proud seafarer breaks new ground as chief engineer

Local | 8 Jul 2019 7:44 pm

In the male-dominated shipping industry, Joanna Kwok Wing-yan has become the first woman in Hong Kong to qualify as a chief engineer and she hopes her achievement will “inspire more youths and girls to be seafarers.''

She recalled today at a briefing the tough grind on board vessels, undertaking mechanical repairs in 50 degree celsius conditions.

Besides, she also felt at times, that some male crew were trying to overrule her decisions.

After completing the higher diploma in mechanical engineering at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Kwok has joined Anglo-Eastern Ship Management.

Cheuk Ka-ho, who received deck officer training in a shipping company, and Demen Cheung of the Hong Kong & Kowloon Motor Boats & Tug Boats Association also shared their experiences at a briefing to the media today.

The industry says that it takes cadets about eight years to obtain master or chief engineer qualifications.

After earning professional qualifications and with relevant work experience for ocean-going vessels, mariners can turn to shore-based maritime industries and take up managerial posts, such as marine officer, ship surveyor, ship manager, logistics manager and surveyor in classification societies.

Alternatively, they may choose to further their studies and take up jobs in other maritime businesses after acquiring the related professional qualifications. Examples of such professions include maritime arbitration, maritime law, maritime engineering and marine insurance, the industry says.


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