Marwa Elselehdar Wiki – Marwa Elselehdar Bio
Marwa Elselehdar is the first Egyptian female ship captain. Elselehdar says she was wrongly blamed for the Suez Canal fiasco that occurred while on another ship hundreds of miles away.
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Marwa Elselehdar Age
She is 29 years old.
Marwa Elselehdar Education & Career
She graduated from the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in 2013 as the first female graduate of the Department of Maritime Transport and Technology. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
She will take the final exam in May 2021 to reach the rank of captain.
When she captained the Aida IV, the first ship to cross the enlarged Suez Canal in 2015, she became Egypt’s first female ship captain and the youngest and first Egyptian female captain to do so.
She was honored by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during Egypt’s Women’s Day celebrations in 2017.
Marwa Elselehdar blamed for Suez Canal blockage
Egypt’s first female ship captain says she was wrongly blamed for the Suez Canal fiasco that occurred while on another ship hundreds of miles away.
“This fake article was in English, so it spread in other countries,” Elselehdar told the BBC.
“I was shocked. I felt that I could be targeted, maybe because I’m a successful woman in this field or because I’m Egyptian, but I’m not sure.”
“The comments on the article were very negative and harsh, but there were many other supportive comments from ordinary people and people I worked with,” she said.
Elselehdar was at sea as the first friend of Aida IV in Alexandria, the BBC reported.
But online rumors and fake news headlines spread that Ever Given was behind the sea disaster that held the main shipping route for nearly a week before its release.
Egyptian officials said human error could have caused the ship to run aground last month.