The first woman Master in the UK Marine Aggregate Dredging Sector, Georgina Carlo-Paat has recently completed her first tour of duty aboard CEMEX UK Marine aggregate dredger, the Sand Heron.
Georgina is in command of one of four CEMEX dredgers that operate in waters around the UK and near Continent, which provide approximately 18% of CEMEX aggregates, used in concrete and construction projects throughout the country.
Her career at sea started in 1990 when she was the ship’s cook on the USS Gopher State. She loved being at sea so much that she decided to see if she could gain the necessary qualifications and join the UK Merchant Navy as an Officer. In 2005 Georgina gained her Masters Mariner’s Certificate and is qualified to command any ship anywhere in the world.
Georgina joined CEMEX in April 2015 and has been appointed to this role after successfully completing a comprehensive training and induction to the world of aggregate dredging.
“It is thrilling to be the first woman Master in the UK Marine Aggregate Dredging Sector. I have had some amazing role models as I was coming up through the ranks. The ‘glass ceiling’ has been broken and I would encourage more people, particularly women to consider this profession.
“I have a two year old son and I would say the work/life balance working for CEMEX is perfect.” Georgina concludes.
John Miller, Director of CEMEX Marine Aggregates “Being Master of a dredger like the Sand Heron is a very responsible position. The vessel typically operates off the south coast in a busy shipping area with both commercial and leisure vessels. Georgina is not only responsible for the overall safe operation of the vessel and the wellbeing of her 12 crew members but also for ensuring that CEMEX wharfs are supplied the right material to service our customers.”