Marwa Elselehdar biography: 13 things about Egypt’s first female sea captain

Marwa Elselehdar is an Egyptian woman. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She is from Cairo, Egypt. (a)
  2. When she was a little girl, she enjoyed swimming and loved the sea. (b)
  3. From 1995 to 2005, she attended Saint Fatima Language School. (c)
  4. From 2009 to 2013, she attended the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Cairo. (c)
  5. From 2013 to 2018, she worked at the AASTMT as first marine officer. (a)
  6. When she enrolled in the AASTMT, she initially joined the International Transport and Logistics Department while her brother joined the Department of Maritime Transport and Technology, which was limited to men. She applied for the latter and was accepted, making her the first Egyptian woman to study in the department. Her brother and their parents supporter her decision. (b)
  7. In 2014, she enrolled at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Cardiff, Wales. (b)
  8. She was accepted when she applied to register as part of the crew that would lead the AIDA IV in the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal, which is Egypt’s main source of foreign currency earnings. On August 6, 2015, she led the AIDA IV in the ceremony making her the youngest and first Egyptian female captain to cross the artificial sea-level waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez. (b)
  9. In 2017, she graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a master’s degree in business administration and management. In the same year, Egypt’s sixth president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi honored on Women’s Day. (b) (c)
  10. On September 16, 2018, she started working at AIDA IV. (a)
  11. She is the first female ship’s captain in Egypt. She was included in the Encyclopedia of Arab-African Economic Integration‘s list of top 20 Arab women in terms of achievement. (b (c)
  12. She was 30 years old when she was falsely accused of involved with the accidental grounding of the container ship called the Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal from March 23-29, 2021. (d)
  13. In April 2021, she will take her final exam to attain a full rank of captain. (d)



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