Female Captain from the high north

Continuing the discussion from Female captains:

So female Captains are no longer a novalty, but for a girl from a remote small village in Finnmark, way north of the Arctic Circle ,to become Master on a chemical tanker is not an everyday event.

She is the first in the Odfjell fleet:


Is 13 years, cadet-to-captain a normal timeframe for Odfjell?

I don’t know if that is common timeframe for Odfjell, or any other shipping company these days, but to be Master after 13 years from Cadet is not that unusual

It is theoretically possible to become Master after 6 years, at age 25:
Starting out at 18, first with 2 years at Maritime School (STCW requirement) + 1 year Cadet + 3 years seatime as Jr. Mate + 1 yr. Ch.Mate. (Not much time for holidays)

I did it in 12 year; from Deckboy at 15 (1959) to Master at 27 years of age (1971).
PS> That incl. compulsory 3 years seatime before starting school at 18, 3 year at Maritime School +15 months compulsory National Service in the Navy.

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I have known many who made master in less time at different companies, depends on the demand at the time.

When I was on Diego Garcia in 2017 there was an MSC vessel anchored there with a 29 year old Master.