We have a lot of people come to gCaptain asking us about what conditions are like for women seafarers. Well, since we’re men, we have no idea. But, based on conclusion of a number of discussions in the forum about women in maritime, the overall consensus is that as long as a person works hard at their job it doesn’t matter what gender, and women are eaqually as effective in leadership positions aboard ship.
In fact, just today Cunard Lines has announced that it has appointed Captain Inger Klein Olsen as its first female captain in the companies history. Captain Olsen assumed command of Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria on December 1st.
Captain Olsen’s first task at the helm of Queen Victoria was to take the ship, without passengers, to drydock in Hamburg for its planned refit. Next Wednesday, 15 December, she will be on the bridge as the ship sets sail with a full complement of guests.
Forty-three-year-old Captain Olsen was raised in the Faroe Islands, which accounts for her maritime abilities, and she joined Cunard in 1997 as First Officer on board Caronia. In 2001 she transferred to the Seabourn fleet, which at that time was part of Cunard. She sailed on Seabourn Sun and Seabourn Spirit before being promoted to the rank of Staff Captain on Seabourn Pride in 2003. Read full article
Olsen will helm Queen Victoria during the ship’s debut Americas voyage commencing on January 13.
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