This week in Host’s “Women in Maritime” series, we’re featuring Tiffany Hussein, who works at the Baton Rouge Transit Facility in Port Allen, LA, supporting our terminal and stevedoring operations.

Tiffany joined Host in 2017 as Regional Administrative Assistant, and she was quickly promoted to Terminal Support. In her current role, Tiffany helps with the data collection and accounting for each ship. “We track tonnage, time delays, equipment…everything we could possibly track is tracked,” she says. “It’s my job to get that information together so we can use it in our KPIs. If there’s room for improvement, we’ll find it.” She also handles accounting statements, invoicing, and financial projections.

Most importantly, Tiffany is one of the main contributors to Host’s new safety software implementation, a central element of Host’s continuous drive to keep safety the top priority. “I keep track of all standard operating procedures, safety trainings, and certifications, making sure everyone is up-to-date” she explains. “Our safety software allows supervisors to scan the barcode on an operator’s hard hat and instantly see all the tasks they’re trained to do. It’s important that the information is correct.”

“As Terminal Support, I’m a bit of catchall,” she says. “Multitasking is an essential skill, but safety always comes first. These people are my friends. I can’t think of any task more important than keeping them safe.”

Her favorite thing about her job is the atmosphere. “I’m out here on the water, working with great people every day,” she says. “I’ve never felt as valued as I do at Host. From the person changing the garbage bags to the high-level managers, Host makes everyone feel like an important asset to the company.”

Tiffany’s favorite thing about the maritime industry is meeting people from so many different cultures. “I get to see different parts of the world--all from my hometown,” she says.

She admits the industry can seem daunting at first. “Learning the terminology was difficult. I asked a lot of questions and did a lot of googling, but it all just slowly becomes part of your vocabulary. Before you know it, you’re confusing your family and friends as you tell them about your day. That’s when you know you’ve got it!”

Her advice to women considering a career in maritime: “Put your feet on the ground and go. It’s worth it.”