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Marwa Elselehdar Biography
Last month, Marwa Elselehdar noticed something strange.
News had spread about a huge container ship, the Ever Given, which had got stuck in the Suez Canal, stopping one of the world’s major shipping lanes.
But while she was checking her phone, online rumors said that she was to blame for it.
“She surprised me,” says Marwa, Egypt’s first ship captain.
At the time of the Suez blockade, Ms Elselehdar was working as a first officer, commanding the Aida IV, hundreds of miles away in Alexandria.
The ship, owned by Egypt’s maritime security authority, conducts supply missions to a lighthouse in the Red Sea. It is also used to train cadets at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), a regional university run by the Arab League.
EGYPT’s first female captain was accused by trolls of blocking the Suez Canal while she was on another ship hundreds of miles away.
Marwa Elselehdar was working as the first in the Aida IV commandos in Alexandria when the Ever Given got stuck in the canal and the main shipping route stopped.
Rumors about her about her role in Ever Given were largely fueled by screenshots of a fake caption allegedly posted by Arab News indicating that she was involved in the Suez incident.
The processed image appears to come from an actual Arab report published on March 22 that documents Marwa’s success as Egypt’s first captain. The photo was shared dozens of times on Twitter and Facebook.
Several Twitter accounts in her name have also spread false claims that she was involved in Ever Given.
The 29-year-old said: “I felt like they were attacking me, maybe because I am a successful woman in this area or because I am Egyptian, but I’m not sure.”
“This fake article was in English and circulated in other countries.”
“The comments on the article were very negative and harsh, but there were many other supportive comments from ordinary people and the people I work with.”
“I have decided to focus on all the support and love that I am receiving and my anger has turned to gratitude.”
She added, “It’s also interesting that I’ve become even more famous than before.”
Marwa claims to have always loved the sea and was inspired to join the Merchant Marine after her brother joined the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT).
Although the academy was only accepting men at the time, she still applied for and was allowed to join after a legal review by then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
During her studies of her, Ms. Elselehdar said that she had dealt with sexism at all times.
“There were older men with different mindsets on board, so it was hard not to find like-minded people to communicate with.
“It was a challenge to face all of this alone and get through it without affecting my sanity.”
She added: “People in our society still don’t accept the idea of girls working in the ocean for long periods of time outside of their families, but if you do what you love, you don’t need to get their approval. all.”
How was the ship moved?
A fleet of tugs using cables or placing themselves directly alongside the stricken ship, worked for many days to free it.
The ship tracking software shows that the ship is now clear of both banks and is moving north along the channel.
The cost of the Suez Canal blockage
A huge container ship that has been wedged in the Suez Canal since Tuesday has finally been released from shore.
Peter Berdowski, chief executive of Dutch salvage company Boskalis, said the Ever Given had been re-floated at 15:05 (13:05 GMT) on Monday, “making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again.”
However, it is not yet clear when full traffic on the channel can resume.
The blockade has been a source of much concern and frustration for the global shipping industry.
We take a look at the key numbers that have been involved in the operation.