This story is an excerpt of a feature article in Singapore’s ‘Her World’ magazine, August 2018 issue.
Ensuring a smooth voyage is not just the job of the crew on board; it requires the combined efforts of charterers, brokers, agents, ship managers, the crew, and suppliers of shipping necessities. And the person who ties it all together: a Ship Operator like Farhana binte Samat.
Farhana is a multitasker who has to communicate with all these parties to ensure that shipments are carried out without a hitch. This may sound like a tall order, but Farhana takes it all in her stride.
“Work can be daunting at times as ships are moving 24/7, so it is very important that you don’t panic when things get overwhelming”
Amid the bustle of work, Farhana finds joy in hanging out with colleagues who come from all walks of life.
“There is a nice mix of background and experiences, so there isn’t any issue about blending in. You get to hear fascinating stories from ex-sailors and shore-based personnel”
Farhana binte Samat, Ship Operator