SIBA appoints ‘first’ female master



SIBA Ships has appointed Laura Pinasco as master of the world’s largest livestock carrier, MV Stella Deneb. It is Captain Pinasco’s first voyage as master and also the first time a female master has been appointed to a livestock carrier of this size and trade.

Mauro Balzarini, chairman of Siba Ships, said of the move: “Captain Pinasco is one of our experienced officers and we are pleased to promote her to master. She is a great example of how hard-working people can build a successful career at sea.”

Laura Pinasco was born and raised in Genoa, Italy and went to sea in 1997 with a local ro-ro fleet. Her career has included service as a deck officer on ro-ros, gas carriers and livestock vessels. She qualified as a Master Mariner in 2003 and joined SIBA as a Chief Officer in 2006.

Siba Ships is the Italian shipowning arm of the Balzarini group which specialises in the trading and transportation of livestock. For more than 40 years the company has transported livestock, mainly from Australia to the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. Siba Ships also operates a fleet of bulk carriers, a product tanker and a mining resources fund, and is expanding into other areas of shipping. In 2008 Siba will take delivery of two highly advanced livestock carriers providing standards of carriage and safety which set new highs for the industry and which rival or exceed passengership requirements.