Today we’d like to introduce you to Alessandra Giordo.
Alessandra Giordo has grown up in a small city in southern Italy, where most of the people are working in the maritime industry. Coming from a family who is more than fifty years into dry, tanker and chemical chartering, maritime trading and maritime logistics. She ended up studying navigation and maritime transport at the University. She started her career working with Mediterranean Shipping Company Founded in Naples, Italy and Carnival Cruise Lines, the largest cruise lines in the world based in Doral, Florida and ended up on >100m yachts. She is just 24 years old and been classified as one of the youngest navigation officers in Europe. She said:” Getting all those licenses necessary to work won’t be easy, a lot of people doesn’t believe in me, but I did it to show them they were wrong.”
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest obstacles are the continuous investment in expensive new courses and old ones who need to be reviewed most of the time in another cities or countries in our vacation time when we are not onboard. Actually, I have over than 15 professional courses and I’m working on my helicopter pilot license because the owner of the yacht where I now want me to have it and is going to cost me around 10.000-15.000 dollars and a long time before I get it.
Every yacht navigational bridge is completely different, every country has different regulations who are continuously changing and we have to be updated. I can say it’s a job where you have continued to learn something and be adaptable to the requirements.
Deck Officer on >100m yachts – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I assist the Chief Officer and the Captain with administrative and safety duties, crew management, maintenance and deck equipment, navigation and finances and prepares the yacht for sea and tender operations. After the helicopter pilot license, I will be responsible for it too.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I’m just happy to make my family proud about me, that’s the most important thing. My family had a big influence on my life and work decisions. Since I was a kid, I was visiting my father onboard, everywhere in the world, he was a Captain. I have been traveling all my life and I can’t imagine living in the same city all my life, I have to move, always. I never through to end up doing the same job, but I did it and I’m happy about.
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