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Amy-Lee Turia, Lylellah Kunai, Glenda Amu, Jamie-Lee Baim, and Irma Rua proudly display their certificates after crossing the Equator for the first time. 'King Neptune' is Chief Engineer Andi Magas.
(Left to right) Amy-Lee Turia, Lylellah Kunai, Ramesh Gamlath Ganegoda Appuhamilage Don, Glenda Amu, Jamie-Lee Baim, and Irma Rua proudly display their certificates after crossing the Equator for the first time. "King Neptune" is Chief Engineer Andi Magas.


The China Navigation Company ("CNCo") is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion and is working to achieve a better gender balance across both its shore and sea staff. When the company became aware of the Australia Awards Maritime Scholarships initiative – a scholarship scheme offered only to women from Papua New Guinea – it was seen as an excellent opportunity to deliver on greater gender balance and simultaneously raise the economic capacity in one of CNCo's key stakeholder communities.

Last October, CNCo's first female cadets from Papua New Guinea, Amy-Lee Turia, Glenda Amu, Lylellah Kunai, Irma Rua and Jamie-Lee Baim, joined MV Szechuen in Port Moresby, after completing six months of cadet training at the Papua New Guinea Maritime College.

The five ladies said of their practical experience working at sea:

"As first-time cadets, we were taught the importance of safety awareness – a critical part of the safety culture that CNCo seeks to embed across the organisation. This was reinforced through lectures, observation of shipboard activities and practical assessments. Topics ranged from navigation and cargo work, to mooring and meteorology. We also had the opportunity to experience a dry-docking, and assisted the deck crew and officers with maintenance work."

"The foundations for our training were CNCo's Safety Management System, Code of Conduct, Policies and Vision Statement – which all employees must adhere to. The procedures, checklists, permits and other documents all serve to create a safer and uniform way of working and we learnt about the importance of every individual's efforts in keeping everyone safe."

"It was our first experience of leaving our home country, and adapting to living amongst people of diverse nationalities. The variety of social activities on board – which included karaoke nights, monthly barbecues, Christmas and New Year celebrations – was great fun, as we interacted and learnt more about one another. We were also given shore leave, so we could go ashore when the ship was alongside. Of course, there were times when it was not fun: getting seasick, for example. But we endured and toughed it out. Despite facing several challenges on board, we worked together as a team, and with support from the officers and crew on board, we overcame these problems."

"The training programme has made us realise that in this profession, learning is very much an ongoing process and there is so much knowledge to be gained. Seafaring as a career can be both challenging and exciting, regardless of your gender. As the first female cadets from our country, we are honoured and at the same time, aware of the tremendous responsibility we have in representing Papua New Guinea. We aim to be become strong and competent officers, committed to excellence and safety."
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