Celebrating the international day for women in maritime

On the occasion of the International Day for Women in Maritime, 18th May, MARPRO spoke with one of the super women in the MARPRO Group about her experiences in both the maritime industry and maritime recruitment.


The International Day for Women in Maritime has been celebrated since 2001 and is promoted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime on 18th May 2024 focuses on the theme “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety.”

This year, to celebrate and recognize women in our main sector, MARPRO Group talked with Nanna Lyck Cerelius, educated as a Master Mariner with over 10 years of experience in Marine HR, and now working as a Recruitment Team Lead in MARPRO Group.

We wanted to get to know her better as she shares her background in the maritime and recruitment industries.

Tell us about your career before you came to MARPRO Group.

Nanna LyckBefore joining MARPRO Group, my career path was shaped by my hands-on experience at sea and my role in Marine HR. Although some might say I only sailed for a short “coffee break,” those experiences were pivotal. After completing my Master Mariner education, I was offered a position in Marine HR at a larger Danish Shipping Company. In this role, I worked closely with seafarers, striving every day to make a difference in their lives. Having sailed myself, I became “one of them,” which allowed me to empathize deeply with their situations. This insider understanding has been invaluable in my career and for my current role, where I continue to make a difference for maritime professionals. Being able to “speak the language” and having a solid insight into the industry helps me connect with and serve both candidates and clients better.

Tell us a little bit about what inspired you to work at sea.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what inspired me, but there’s something truly special about being at sea. The world looks different from a ship’s deck, and it’s fascinating to see how clear the night sky can be out on the open ocean. The unique perspective and the sense of adventure that comes with maritime life are incredibly inspiring.

Nanna Lyck


Tell us about a memorable moment from your time at sea.

There are many memorable moments, but one that stands out is my first Christmas at sea. The atmosphere was filled with various traditions and a mix of cultures. We organized a gift exchange with quirky presents I bought at a market in Mexico, and I made Christmas hearts out of old nautical charts. I still hang those hearts on my Christmas tree at home. And of course, we all joined in on karaoke, singing our hearts out to every song. The social and festive spirit made it an unforgettable experience.


Nanna LyckWhat advice can you give to other females who wish to join a career at sea or a career in the maritime industry?

My best advice is to follow your passion and stay determined. The maritime world offers unique challenges, and it’s important to embrace those opportunities with confidence. If you’re uncertain, take the leap and explore what the industry has to offer. Network with other professionals, seek out mentors, and never hesitate to ask questions or seek guidance. The industry is evolving and becoming more inclusive, and your unique perspective is valuable. Remember, perseverance and a positive attitude will carry you far.



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