JOBS AT MSC: highlighting engineers ashore – part one

The following blog post was written by MSC’s dedicated human resources staff, and is part of a series focused on jobs at MSC – recruiting and retaining our talented workforce. This post highlights the history and talents of MSC civil servants who work for MSC during Women’s History Month. Stay tuned for more and be sure to share your feedback and ideas in the comments section.

Mimi BolaffiMimi Bolaffi is a maritime safety and transportation specialist with MSCs engineering directorate (N7) and has been with MSC for over two years.

Her primary duties include conducting ship audits and finding resolutions for safety issues on the ships. This involves writing safety management system procedures, producing ship safety videos, and working with the mariners, steering committees, and safety working groups to identify solutions, new equipment or cutting-edge technologies that help make the CIVMARs job safer. 

Mimi’s work is a 50/50 blend of in-office and ship-side visits. She mentions that in order to make a recommendation it must reviewed at the tactical level, because each ship and crew is unique. “You can’t write policy or make a recommendation from sitting behind a desk; you have to understand the issue at the deck plates. This involves seeing the ship in action and talking with the CIVMARs.”  

Because N7 responds to ships across all platforms, Mimi is pulled in a lot of different directions, so finding balance is a challenge. But working with multiple ship platforms is also what she enjoys most about working at MSC because she gets to deal with lots of different issues that really stretch her professional expertise.

Mimi has over 25 years working in the maritime safety field. Her career has been greatly influenced by her time in the U.S. Coast Guard and as a licensed Master, which demonstrated the importance of safety requirements. Too often she would respond to situations where the results for the mariner were tragic.

Her advice to those interested in the field of maritime transportation or safety is to first gain operational experience; in particular earning a license and spending time at sea. Additional training and experience in key safety regulations such as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the Code of Federal Regulations, is also critical, as is gaining experience and certification in ship auditing.

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