How long have you worked at Maersk Supply Service, and what was your starting position?
I had started my cadetship through the Atlas Professionals’ Indigenous Trainee and Deck Cadet Partnership Programme. I completed my cadetship at the end of 2020 and worked on our M-Class anchor handling vessels in Australia.
What skills have you developed?
Whilst my time working at Maersk Supply Service, I have developed a professional and safe working attitude towards my day to day work tasks. I feel Maersk Supply Service’s working environment is very professional and organised in a safe manner.
What has been your greatest achievement in Maersk Supply Service?
My greatest achievement working with Maersk Supply Service is progressing from a Deck Cadet to a Second Officer of the Watch. Additionally, I obtained my Dynamic Positioning Certificate. I feel it’s a good achievement as I have progressed from Integrated Rating to a Second Officer, and that is quite a big step coming from the Deck.
What are your goals for the future at Maersk Supply Service?
My goals for the future is to carry on with this wonderful path I have chosen and become a Master Mariner as I have so much passion for the industry and strive to go all the way.
Do you feel Maersk Supply Service has a diverse and inclusive work environment? If so, what have you experienced or seen?
I feel Maersk has been wonderful in diversity and inclusion in the work environment, they have allowed me to train on their state of the art M-Class vessels to develop skills and perform tasks as Officer of the Watch. All crew onboard have been wonderful and taken the time in training me to become an Officer of the Watch at a high standard.
How does cultural representation help others who are searching for an offshore career?
I think cultural representation is massive, and I feel so privileged to represent the Indigenous men and women of Australia. I hope by taking this journey from starting as a Trainee Integrated, progressing to become an Officer of the Watch can inspire young Indigenous men and women that this is possible and opportunities like this are out there for them.
How would you advocate for Diversity and Inclusion with colleagues who don’t understand its importance?
I would talk with colleagues about the journey I have taken and talk to them about my culture. I would talk with them about the importance of training and encouraging more indigenous men and women into the workforce as there a very small percentage in our workforce. Take, for instance, there is only four indigenous Officer of the Watch in Australia. I would love to see more Indigenous men and women taking the opportunity to become an officer of the watch and help support them in any way I can. I think it’s very important that we support them as this will give them the encouragement to seek a great career path.