“Many things that we presume to be done through physical force, in reality, only require technical intelligence and the right tools."
"Many may think that women do not have the ability to work on a powerful tug boat, but our crew has shown that this type of work is not exclusive to a specific gender. With dedication, it is very possible,” said Chief Engineer of Svitzer Monte Cristi, Marysabel Moreno.
The General Manager of Svitzer Caribbean, Captain Dickson Rivas, and others at the company, spent two years pursuing the project, focusing the team’s energy on training.
“These women have become local icons for others and have proven to be an efficient and hardworking team,” said Captain Eduard Medina.
Svitzer says it hopes the gender-inclusive initiative will help buck the historical predominantly male trend in the maritime industry. According to The International Transport Worker’s Federation, it is estimated that only 2% of the maritime workforce is made up of women, most of them employed on cruises and ferries.