Maritime navigation requires passion: UAE’s first female ship captain – News

Sahar Al Rasti says challenging the ocean waves requires special determination and passion



Sahar Al Rasti, the first female Emirati ship captain. —Wam

By Wam

Published: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 11:54 PM

Sahar Al Rasti, the first female Emirati ship captain and founder and CEO of SJR Group, said working behind the helms of ships for long days and challenging the ocean waves requires special determination and passion.

Speaking to Emirates News Agency (WAM), on the sidelines of attending one of the Suez Canal Authority events at the Egypt Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Captain Al Rasti said that maritime navigation has diversified into various branches, and this sector needs constant learning and training.

Al Rasti’s journey began in 2015 when he worked in Abu Dhabi ports as an administrative assistant. She then moved on to the position of Maritime Services Coordinator to become the first Emirati woman in this field.

The captain has always been curious to discover the secrets of maritime navigation, the size and flotation of ships, the art of command and maritime laws.

His reasons for joining the expedition? “It was first of all passion, and despite my parents’ reluctance, my father believed in my professional abilities and encouraged me to continue and succeed.”

Al Rasti explained that working long hours in the sun, through year-round high humidity, strong waves and other hardships taught him how strong willpower, determination, perseverance and possessing the necessary skills can help overcome any obstacle. She was an inspiration to others: “I am grateful that my experience has inspired many girls, as more than 35 female students have recently joined the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport”, said she concluded.

Captain Al Rasti successfully completed the qualification program for captains of vessels under 24 meters and managed to sail more than 1,300 hours in six months.

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