Alpha Shipping's First Female Vessel Operator

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Working in any port at night can be daunting, especially in Africa, and especially for a lady, but Natasha Moloi, Alpha Shipping’s first female vessel operator is well up to the task.

From a young age, after watching vessels entering and departing Durban harbour, Natasha knew that she wanted to pursue a shipping career. She took up Maritime Studies at school, and is now a student with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, having already passed the Foundation Diploma.

When asked whether working in a male dominated industry was challenging, Natasha replied: “unfortunately we are still living in the world where people do not think females let alone a black woman belongs on the wharf side, where people think we are not capable of being decision makers or to take on a role of operations superintendent. Over the years, I’ve had to work as twice as hard to prove my worth. I’ve learnt that you can do anything you want to do if you believe in yourself. Sounds like a cliché but it’s true, you just have to believe in yourself.”

Recently Natasha handled the port call of Laetitia V which loaded a project cargo destined for West Africa. She said” I enjoyed being at the port, interacting with the Captain and crew onboard the vessel, problem solving and overseeing the loading of cargo. There is so much that goes into that one moment where you see the cargo being loaded onboard. That was the most exciting experience of my Maritime career thus far.”

About Alpha Shipping

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