NYK has announced that on April 1, a deck officer named Tomoko Konishi became the first woman in the company’s 132-year history to be promoted to the rank of captain.
Women in shipping
Shipping is one of the most heavily male-dominated industries in the world. There is a long way to go before anything like gender parity can be achieved in this sector, but employers are starting to wake up to the need for change, and Nautilus International says is in the vanguard. Thus, the union supports the International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange theme.
No matter their achievements in the maritime sector, women make up only an estimated 2% of the world’s maritime workforce and that’s mainly the aftereffect of a potential discrimination or harassment that they face when getting into seafaring work. IMO together with other maritime organizations have contributed to empower women in the shipping. But, why shipping needs more women and why are they refraining from entering the industry?
IMO has produced video depicting the presentation of 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to Captain Menon, the Master of an oil tanker who says she was “just doing her job”.
The Master of an oil tanker who says she was “just doing her job” has received the highest IMO bravery recognition for saving the lives of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat during a tumultuous storm in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015.
Female leaders of the island’s shipping industry have launched a Bermuda chapter of the WISTA. Bermuda is the 40th country to join the global organisation, whose members are women in management positions in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide.
Work to support women in the Caribbean maritime industry is underway with the first conference of the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean. The conference is drafting a strategic and regional agenda to support WiMAC’s mission to foster the development and participation of women in the maritime sector and contribute to the growth of the industry within the region.
With its Signature leadership course and the new Danish Diversity Council, the Maersk Group is forming cross-industry networks to tackle gender diversity.
Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, is to receive the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous seas.
IMO video reports on continuing efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Maritime University (WMU) to promote the advancement of women in shipping.
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