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Carita Rönnqvist graduated as Master mariner from the Maritime University of Turku 1998. For over 20 years she sailed in various positions on deck, mostly as deck officer, on passenger vessels, oil tankers, container vessels, ro-ro vessels and conventional vessels. Since 2004 Capt Rönnqvist has been Harbour Master of Port of Kokkola, the largest bulk port in Finland with panamax and cape size vessels calling the port regularly. As a member of the port management team and the only one in the team with a marine background and expertise, she plays an important role when financial, investment and development decisions are taken in the port. Captain Rönnqvist is also responsible for operational and navigational matters including vessel traffic management, UKC, harbour services, icebreaking agreements, port security, port safety and marine environmental issues.
She is also the port security officer and since September 2017 the chair of the safety and security group of the Finnish ports’ organisation.