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Women in the Maritime Industry

November 3
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The global maritime industry is advancing and innovating at a tremendous speed, with great focus on modernizing a sector that for so long has been behind the curve in many areas. Women represent only two per cent of the world’s 1.2 million maritime workforce and just 1 per cent of seafarers.  Now, the ocean and the maritime industry have no boundaries for women.

 

Sara Kazamias will discuss the path she took to her maritime career including her time at sea and how she currently helps Massachusetts Maritime students find rewarding careers in the maritime industry.  She will be joined by a female cadet who is pursuing a maritime education and career.

Sara Kazamias is the current Commercial Shipping Coordinator at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) located in Buzzards Bay, MA. After earning her deck license in 2010 from the Academy, Sara sailed with Military Sealift Command for 7 years, earning her USCG Chief Mate Unlimited license. She worked on multiple vessel platforms to include tankers, cargo, tug/barge and salvage ships within the fleet operating in all parts of the world, but mainly the Middle East. She worked with a variety of cargo to include ammunition, dry/reefer stores, fuel, and general cargo supporting the US Navy through underway and vertical replenishments at sea. Along the way she earned multiple company awards honoring her leadership, communication, operational safety and efficiency. She further pursued her educational goals by receiving her MBA at the University of New Hampshire following her sailing career. With her passion to be involved in the maritime industry and to mentor officers-in-training, Sara began her career at MMA working with students in the regiment teaching leadership, discipline and operational effectiveness. She further went on to join the Career and Professional Services team as the Outreach Coordinator, traveling around the country connecting employers with students. With her sailing and business background, Sara now aids USCG license track students in their at sea internships and sailing careers.