Twenty-eight-year-old Bibhusita Das lays claim to fame for being the first Odia woman officer onboard a vessel.
Bibhusita, a marine engineer, who arrived in Paradip port recently with a coke carrying ship from Australia was felicitated by the Port trust.
Das was recruited by Shipping Corporation of India.
The publicity-shy woman has opted for onboard sailing along the rough and tough seawater almost throughout the year.
When Das, who hails from a family having no link with shipping or marine sector, joined her first vessel in 2012, her master mariner wasn't impressed. She developed sea sickness.