She was born in 1972 in Istanbul and has been working passionately in the maritime sector since 1994. My ships and operations have been my life, she says.
She likes to evoke what sailors say, ‘A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor’ and based on his 28 years of experience she adds ‘nothing is impossible, I’m possible!’
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It’s a job that keeps you vigorous and active 24/7, giving you constant brain training, she says when answering the question of her favorite aspect of her job. She adds ‘Whether it is with customer relations, or operation planning and execution, dialogues with captains, achieving the impossible and sometimes creating miracles, and the happiness of succeeding at the end of the day are my favorite aspects of my job.’
Shipping is a constantly changing industry. Inherently, in the near future, new challenges are expected to become apparent. Focusing on her area of expertise, she lists the challenges in the industry in the near future. The war between Russia and Ukraine negatively affects the maritime sector, since the countries with a coast to the Black Sea are the shortest way to open up to the world by sea. Due to inflation, price increases in tariffs, transit passes and the increase in the costs of port calls reduce the competitiveness of Turkey in the sector and in the field of tourism and make it an expensive country.
As someone who has spent 28 years in this sector, she can say that newcomers need to really love their job, work devotedly and integrate with their work. Briefly, to learn the job, they have to find a way to navigate in stormy seas instead of shallow waters, she says. She also mentions the importance of patience and persistence.
Her favorite motto has been “Achieving the impossible in this workplace is ordinary work, miracles take a little more time”. This forced her to sedately produce solutions to problems when things got messy.
When we ask ‘why she chose that job’, she responds without hesitation. ‘I am a person who was born and grew up with the sea. The sea has been my life and my freedom, like the vast ocean. Naturally, I chose to work in a shipping company, I couldn’t think otherwise.’ she replies.
Kesap will say goodbye to the agency sector, which she has served for many years, as of the end of this year. Remembering her most affected memory took her back to years before. In January 1995, she berthed the first 100 m container ship as a boarding agent in Haydarpaşa Port. For her, it was an indescribable excitement. The ship arrived at 02:00 at night, the ropes were given, and the ship was boarded for control. At 03:00 the control was already completed, the weather was stormy and sleet. It was freezing cold yet she was not bothered. Why? Because she was over the moon, her first field operation had started.
Definitely, her departure is not a farewell. In her last sentences, she appeals to her colleagues and says, ‘They should also do their job with embracing and seriousness and benefit from the experience of their experienced colleagues. Working and working with people of all nationalities in the growing industry will strengthen their careers. You should be patient and truly love your work.’