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I found my passion…

and it is out there at sea.

For two years, Nurfaezah was a bartender with limited job prospects. At a Job Fair in 2014, she approached a Captain and asked if a seafaring career was just for men. The Captain’s reply made her rethink the limitations she had set for herself and opened her eyes to the possibility of a prospective future in seafaring.

That serendipitous meeting charted the way for Nurfaezah into a seafaring career. Nurfaezah discovered the Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA) Programme, offered by the Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI), a training academy set up by the Wavelink Co-operative.

Fae, as she is better known, made the career switch from bartending, and signed up for the TNTA Programme. The rest, as we all would say, is history.

Touching Lives Wavelink
Photo credit: SMOU

Fae was offered a training opportunity by Pacific International Lines (PIL), enabling her to enrol into the TNTA programme comprising six months of pre-sea classroom training, 18 months of shipboard training and seven months of preparatory course and examinations. A great bonus of the programme was that Fae could receive stipends during each phase of her training, as part of her training allowance, and had 90 per cent of the programme’s fee covered.

Through the training programme, Fae delved into the world of maritime and found herself falling deeper in love with the seafarer’s call of duty. “Whenever I sign off from ships after spending six to nine months at sea, one week is all it takes for me to want to set sail again,” she confessed.

Upon the completion of her TNTA training, Fae is grateful and attributes her success to the support of Wavelink. Fae is especially thankful to the Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI) and the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) for igniting her passion in seafaring, for granting her the opportunity and for opening doors to help her pursue her career goal.

Today, Fae is a TNTA graduate holding a Certificate of Competency (CoC) Class 3 and continues to work as an officer at PIL, a ship-owner and operator that offers container and multi-purpose services at more than 500 locations in 100 countries. In just two years of sailing, she had already called on ports in Brazil, China, Seoul, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.

She finds every part of her seafaring job enjoyable and is setting her sights to become a captain. The sky is the limit.

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