Filtersafe counts many talented women among its ranks, including within the marine and ballast water teams
In fact, half of the digital team is made up of women, while in the marine department the figure is 33%. Filtersafe feels it is ahead of the wave of the ‘sea of change’ that is still washing over shipping. Hanadi Barhom and Efrat Shomer Hai see women’s inclusion as essential to progress.
Ms Barhom is an Israeli Arab who worked her way up to one of the most important roles in the quality control department, which involves verifying Filtersafe’s seawater filters before they are installed in ballast water management systems (BWMS), while Ms Hai is a key account manager for BWMS clients.
Speaking of her achievements, Ms Barhom said “For me, being in my position proves that a woman can do anything, even more than men, considering some women still have their traditional roles at home in addition to work.”
While Ms Shomer Hai acknowledged “The industry is very traditional, and as such, changes may be difficult to implement at times. This is where we come in and try to bring something new and fresh to the table.”
Ms Shomer Hai goes on to share why she thinks women leaders are important and highlights the importance of inspiring other women to choose maritime careers. “Women have the ability to look at a problem from different angles and come up with unusual ideas to tackle it. Empowering women is empowering our industry. I am looking forward to seeing more women join our team,” she said.
Ms Barhom shares her sentiment, adding “Women know how to function and manage several things at the same time, which is much needed in organisations and in stressful and critical work like mine.”
Ms Barhom believes it is important for the entire industry to support careers in maritime and inspire others, “I was able to work my way up with the help of personal drive and motivation because I knew I could give more,” she said. “I knew this was a role where I could express my personal abilities, so I went for it.”
Ms Shomer Hai had a more traditional integration, “I have been managing accounts for almost seven years now, in hi-tech, advertising and more. I have always known that I wanted to be in a position where I can make a difference. I applied for my position at Filtersafe as I was drawn to being part of an industry that is taking steps to protect the environment. Who wouldn’t want to pitch for such a cause?”
When asked about their future as women in maritime, they were both optimistic and eager to continue their way up the ladder. Seeing other women succeed in the maritime sector and actively helping others will only benefit the sector in its entirety. Ms Shomer Hai summarises, “In a few years, I hope to be even more of an expert, expand to other marine applications and help influence other individuals and our marine environment.”
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