20150302 IWD Offshore survival course for Papua New Guinea seafarer ContentAs International Women’s Day approaches, Coffey takes a look at some of our projects and the women who are forging new ground in their communities.

In a traditionally male-dominated field, Davidiana is forging a career in shipping.  She’s among an increasing number of seafarers furthering their studies towards master class certification, adding to the pool of skilled officers available to the PNG maritime industry. 

Davidiana is making the most of PNG Maritime College’s new training resources which include a Maritime Offshore Survival Training Centre, the first of its kind in the region. Featuring a Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer, it delivers training critical to curbing the high rate of helicopter accidents on trips to and from offshore facilities and rigs.

Meanwhile a new ship bridge simulator provides students with experience in commanding ships of any size in any part of the world. The PNG Maritime College was supported by the Incentive Fund, which is managed by Coffey on behalf of the Australian Government.

“A big ship really swings and this gives us the opportunity to feel how it really is, how to navigate in heavy seas, in the dark, and approaching a harbour,” said Davidiana.

Currently working on local shipping routes between New Guinea islands, she looks forward to utilising her new skills and knowledge on international routes.

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