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Smith strives to design ships

Losalini Vuki
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HER decision to study was because of two things. One was of her interest in ships and the other was because she came from a family of shipping interests and sailors.

Caroline Anna-Maria Smith, 22, of Savusavu always had the love for drawing. Her passion has taken her dreams to the extent of hoping to further her studies overseas.

"The love for drawing is the reason I made this choice," she said.

"As a kid I had always dreamt of becoming an architect in civil engineering. I then took up technical science in high school and that was the best decision I made. Technical drawing was always my favourite subject in school."

As high school life came closer to an end, Miss Smith like any normal teenager decided to take a different route in her decision.

"In my final year in high school, I decided to change my goal because I had found interest in ships. Since I come from a family of shipping interests and sailors, I decided that I wanted to design ships.

"I decided that I wanted to design ships, to study naval architecture.

"My family had always supported my decision and also my finances in education."

In 2011, Miss Smith started her tertiary education at the Fiji Maritime School where she undertook trade diploma in marine engineering since naval architecture isn't offered.

"I've completed my five stages and I'm yet to complete my 24 months seatime."

From September 2011 to May 2012, I did my first attachment (stage 2) at the MV Sofi. In that same year in April, I travelled on the ship and went to New-Zealand for dry dock and my attachment (stage 4) was with the MV Westerland from April 2013 to August 2013."

Trade Diploma in marine engineering is a five-year course. There are five stages and proper requirement given from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has to be completed in order to receive a class three engineers ticket.

"There's no one in particular related to what I dream of becoming but I always look up to my parents, every day encouragement from my mom who always wants the best for me and my siblings and my dad a former sailor and engineer."

Currently, Miss Smith is employed at Genesi Asset Management Fiji to gain workshop experience and electrical knowledge.

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