First Female Tug Master in Cyprus to join P&O Maritime Logistics Team

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Argyri Charista, from Halkidiki, as the first female Tug Master in Cyprus Argyri joined us in April 2021 under P&O Maritime Logistics’ cadet scheme. Training at our headquarters in Dubai, she gained invaluable experience in maneuvering tugboats, before returning to Cyprus to complete the programme. She has recently taken on her own tug with her team, the Tug engineer and GP.

Tug Masters steer the tugs, extremely powerful vessels which require a strong skillset and good knowledge of the waters. Argyri’s passion for the sea, her desire to learn, and her zeal for the industry set her apart in a traditionally male dominated profession. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Argyri to her new role.

P&O Maritime Logistics is an equal opportunities employer, and it is fantastic to see the professional development of women all around our business, forging the path for others to follow. We want to empower all women to pursue opportunities within the shipping industry, and it is great have appointed such a high achieving employee.

Argyri adds that:

“There are not many opportunities for women in our profession and this makes me feel privileged. I am thankful for the people at P&O Maritime Logistics, who have put their trust in me and have given me this huge opportunity. I will work every day to live up to it, if not exceed, their expectations. Doing that helps me push my limits and become better at what I do.

It is harder for women to land jobs in this profession. This shouldn’t hold them back though. Everyone, myself included, should fight for their dreams until they get them. I am a living example that this might be hard but not impossible. We just need to arm ourselves with strength, patience and persistence.”

We work side by side with our parent company, DP World, to create a workplace environment that is diverse and inclusive. DP World aims to revolutionise the industry and transform from a ‘manpower’ business to a ‘brainpower’ business. Read more about what DP World is actively doing to support women empowerment: