Even though I am from Miranda de Ebro, Spain, which is not a coastal area, and none of my lineages has come from a maritime career, I have always wanted to join the seafaring community. I completed my Marine Engineering degree in 2017 and have since sailed as an engineer officer on LNG tankers, transporting Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). I completed my cadetship on a Spanish vessel, where I was sailing as a cadet with three other females. They encouraged me to achieve my goal and become an engineering officer. Also, during my cadetship, I was baptised when crossing the equator in an 'equator crossing ceremony', an old tradition being continued to honour the King of Seas, Neptune, and get his blessing in starting my nautical career. 

In my present rank as 2nd Assistant Engineer, I am in charge of main power generating DFDE engines and auxiliary machinery supporting the same. The day-to-day operation of LNG ships is very demanding, and I give my full support to my shipboard team to maintain the highest efficiency possible. Recently, I was fortunate to be involved in the drydocking of an LNG carrier, Pan Americas. I had the chance to do non-routine operations like inspecting LNG tanks and pumps and overhauling propulsion motors. This was a rare opportunity to see all systems close-up, which allowed me to improve my knowledge regarding various types of machinery.

Like for every action, there is a reaction; life at sea has some challenges, like a hot and noisy working environment and daily job requiring a lot of mental and physical endurance. Still, I feel proud to maintain the systems to the highest quality.

I sincerely thank Seapeak and all my colleagues onboard, who have given me the opportunity to learn and improve my skills. As this profession has always been dominated by men, I had sometimes faced challenges because of gender stereotypes…but I think more females should be encouraged to come to sea to break this barrier.