12 Feb 2019

First woman expected to captain Samoa ferry

3:03 pm on 12 February 2019

Passengers on inter-island ferries in Samoan waters may soon have a woman at the helm after the country's first sea captain graduated in Apia last week.

Samoa Shipping Corporation ferry  at Mulifanua wharf

An inter-island ferry in Samoa Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Tipi Autagavaia

Thirty-year-old Ilalegagana Kenesareta Moananu was among 136 people to graduate from the Samoa Shipping Corporation's Maritime Academy.

Newsline Samoa reported she's now able to navigate the ferries and operate them safely as well as managing crews and supervising loading and unloading.