Furetank appoints its first female captainWritten by Nick Blenkey
Swedish family-owned shipping company Furetank has appointed Therese Boman as its first female captain. Her first assignment is on the 2021-built Fure Vinga, one of the vessels in the company’s series of ultragreen LNG dual-fuel 17,999 dwt products tankers.
“We congratulate a competent and ambitious employee, Therese Boman, on taking the next step in her career and becoming a captain at Fure Vinga. Giving our employees the opportunity to develop their skills and follow their aspirations is a core value at Furetank,” says the company. “Therese Boman started off as a chief officer when she came to Furetank two years ago. All the way from graduating school and joining her first ship as a junior officer, she has striven to grow the experience, knowledge and time at sea needed to reach the highest position on a ship.”
“I always knew I wanted to become a captain,” says Boman. “Since I started at Furetank, the management has continuously trusted me to step by step take on more responsibility. I enjoy being involved in all happenings onboard, talking to everyone in the crew and finding solutions together for whatever dilemmas might appear. As a captain you are constantly learning, since no situation on is the same as a previous one.”
“Also,” she adds, “it is great fun to maneuver the vessel!”
Her first mission as a captain was leaving the quay in Amsterdam, passing through the lock and heading towards Grangemouth, Scotland.
“It was a great feeling. Everyone onboard is so supporting and happy for me, as well as the shore personnel. I have received many emails saying ’Congratulations!’ I find that the management has a very positive and inspiring attitude towards employees who want to develop. I truly appreciate that,” she says.
As to becoming the first female captain in the company, she says she doesn’t attach much importance to gender but still sees a positive trend in the business.
“Shipping has traditionally been a strongly male profession, so it is a great thing that more and more women are making their way here,” she says. “And the more females there are in the industry, the more want to join. This is positive for everyone onboard: a mix is always the best.”
What is her next goal?
“I will continue to gain as much experience as possible,” she says. “Furetank is building nine new vessels of the Vinga design in China and if I get enough experience, I might be able to bring home one of the ships as a captain. That could be my next goal. But for now I just want to keep going.”