Women of the seven seas
Women of the seven seas
Port of call


In 2022 the Koni Duniya and Dise Yudeowei from the Female Seafarers' Association of Nigeria came to Hamburg port for a three week residency. Together with members of secret agency they made contact with shipping companies based in Hamburg port. The main aim was to find jobs for the nigerian shefarers. This is a report by FESAN: 

Our 1st visit was to www.hapag-lloyd.com/en/company  in Hamburg. They own mostly container vessels, unfortunately, most of the vessels under their management are German flagged and can only be crewed by EU nationals. They referred us to another company( Hamburger Lloyd) that manages some of their vessels under different flags.

We were well received at  https://www.hamburger-lloyd.com/en/ They pride themselves in having diverse crew a few CV’s were sent we are waiting for response.

We also visited a Hamburg government office in charge of cruise ships operating in Hamburg Port. They promised to introduce FESAN to the cruise industry starring with AIDA Cruises. We will send a reminder for the introduction. 

We also visited https://www.go-turtle.com/ they run a site that connects seafarers with possible employers. They promised to have a zoom call with FESAN members to demonstrate the

registration process. While we were there they checked their aystem and there are quite a number of incomplete profiles The zoom call will help members complete their profile set up

so that it can go live and be seen by potential employers. 

We had an engagement with WISTA Germany members. They were impressed to hear about FESAN and we hope for referrals and opportunities from the engagement.

The most promising visit was to Columbia Ship Management. This is what they posted in their social media about the meeting: 

Recently our Diversity & Inclusion Director, Claudia Paschkewitz, along with other CSM-D colleagues, met with the Female Seafarers Association of Nigeria (FESAN) in our office in Hamburg. FESAN is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation of female seafarers in Nigeria founded in 2020. They advocate for women working at sea and for equality. Their mission is to have a collective voice of female seafarers in the maritime industry. Many ideas were exchanged regarding the challenges faced by female seafarers and how to address these through collaboration and cooperation. #diversity #inclusion #FESAN #icare #femaleseafarers #columbiashipmanagement #D&I  

At the end of our residency Secret Agency featured FESAN as part of the International Summerfestival at Kampnagel.

FESAN was welcomed in Hamburg as a great initiative and we were encouraged to keep up the good work.  The Drive for Diversity and Inclusion in the Maritime Industry Globally will create opportunities for females but we have to be prepared! 

First Meeting
Women of the Seven Seas - Online-Symposium
First Shefarers' Parade of Hamburg
### CALL ### CALL ### CALL ### TO THE WOMEN* OF THE SEVEN SEAS What: 3 Weeks Residency Where: Hamburg Port When: Summer 2022 ###
Women of the Seven Seas - a Lecture Performance
Residencies in Hamburg Port
Lecture Performance & Salon at Kampnagel Sommerfestival Hamburg
Call for the Shefarers of Ipswich
Puan Samudra (The Ocean's Women Guardians)
Shefarers of Ipswich - Open Ship & Banquet
Change is needed.
Activities of the Women of the Seven Seas
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About the Women of the Seven Seas.
Giuditta Vendrame

Giuditta Vendrame. Artist, Designer, Researcher.

What water does to our brains

The water, like any of the larger intangible un-holdable natural systems --like sky and weather, will teach you things that will take you forever to learn on land. 

Exterritory Project Cargo


Interview with FESAN, July 2021

Interview with FESAN

1. Hamburger Seefrauenparade / Shefarers' Parade Hamburg
Mutiny on the Bivalvia - interview with a seafarer

radio play by Nadja Abt, 2021

constance hockaday

constance hockaday

Giuditta Vendrame
1. My Ancestors Were Sailors/ Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut (By Ibu Sud)

a text by Nova Ruth 

2. Many years ago, composer Ibu Sud wrote Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut as a cheery song for children.

a text by Nova Ruth 

water gives and takes life

a text by Kristin Samir Jaibi Loren du Pon

engine at sea

on board of the Sea-Watch by Kristin Feddersen 

Black Water
Country of the Sea



ongoing work based on researches about seafaring, ships and harbours

The Women of the Seven Seas - A Science Fiction
3. My grandmother, Soetinah, grew up on the coast of Pare-pare, South Sulawesi, ...

a text by Nova Ruth 

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf


You Make a Better Wall Than A Window - a boattrip

about the water as public space and the lack of access 

secret agency goes to Hollywood

Women of the Seven Seas - A Science Fiction, part II

Nova Ruth
4. As kids, we were even told that when we went to the beach, we shouldn’t wear green,...

a text by Nova Ruth 

Kristin Feddersen
secret agency - Arka Kinari hand over ritual

secret agency has been travelling on board of Arka Kinari along the Molukka Islands (Indonesia) to celebrate and hand over the network "Women of the Seven Seas" to Nova Ruth (Arka Kinari). Crossing the Equator (N/S 0°00.000´- E127°28.820`) we put the flags out greating all women of the seven seas while offering rice, flowers, knowledge and beauty to the floating water. 


music by Nova Ruth 

Shaina Anand

Filmmaker and Artist, CAMP

Female Seafarers' Association of Nigeria


geheimagentur / secret agency
Exterritory Project
Nadja Abt
Mary Mattingly
What you can learn from the Floating Neutrinos