In 2006 Hermoine Manuel became the first female to pass tool, jig and die-making trade test at Northlink, Wingfield.
Her second first in the maritime sector was being appointed as the first female computer numeric control (CNC) programmer at Petrel Engineering which she joined in 2007 as an AutoCAD draughtsman.
By 2010 she had been promoted to precision engineering machine shop supervisor, managing an all-male staff of 12 artisans and apprentices for the company.
In 2013 she joined the Nautic shipyard in Cape Town as Quality Assurance Coordinator, and in 2016 was promoted to SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality) Manager.
Having worked at every single level of occupation, from shop floor worker to her current executive management role, gives Hermoine a unique understanding of the challenges faced by women in the maritime industry.
Every position Hermoine has held, has been the first held by a female at the companies she has worked at. This feat alone has encouraged great self-belief in many female colleagues, and friends, and inspired them to beat the odds and excel in their respective fields.