Captain Makhosi Mbokazi

Captain Makhosi Mbokazi is a trailblazing Surfer Pilot-Engineer, Seafarer, Maritime Advocate and the Founder of Marine Crew Welfare, a digital platform that promotes and supports the wellbeing of seafarers in Africa.

She is South Africa’s first female Surfer Pilot-Engineer and the first African female Chief Officer to sail in a 12398GRT Drill Ship – 2018.

She holds a National Diploma in Maritime Studies (Nautical Studies) focused in Marine Transportation from Durban University of Technology.

Captain Mbokazi is the 2nd Vice President of South African Maritime Industry Development Task Force Network.

She has been in the maritime industry since 2007, with a remarkable Sea career at Safmarine, Maersk, SAMSA-SP, RK8 Offshore, Jasper offshore and Bourbon/Sonasurf up to Master position.

She comes with a vast experience in Shore based positions with Maersk, Fugro, Bourbon/Sonasurf & Denmarine as Vessel Manager/Superintendent/ADPA/ACSO & Marine Safety Advisor and currently a Marine Surveyor with SAMSA.

Captain Makhosi Mbokazi’s passion for the seafarers and the maritime industry has earned her titles such as CaptainMom and has seen her win many awards such as the Women Offshore 2020 Wavemaker and the SAs Blue Economy Champion in 2nd position.

“I never imagined the boundaries I’ve pushed through to be where I am. I never imagined my life like this. I didn’t know my strength until I had to face the highest waves in Mossel Bay, the roughest seas in the English Channel the densest traffic in the China seas, Singapore, Australia.”

To all future seafarers come with an open mind, open heart, and eagerness to learn. There’s so much to learn and the rewards are endless. The sea is not the limit but could be a starting point to a world of endless opportunities.” – Captain Makhosi Mbokazi.

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