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IAPH launches Women in Ports Mentoring Program

The board of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) announced the allocation of a budget fund of USD 10,000 to develop a Women in Ports Mentoring Program designed to attract, empower and retain female talent in the industry.

International Women’s Conference: Ensuring no woman is left behind

Remove structural barriers, build good networks and support quality education to ensure no woman, no girl is left behind in the maritime sector, were some of the themes reiterated by maritime leaders, speaking in WMU International Women’s Conference, on 4-5 April in Malmö, Sweden. 

Report on improving gender diversity in USCG

US Coast Guard launched its first large-scale study on women’s retention in 30 years. The study was published as part of its commitment to create a more mission-ready workforce. The RAND Corporation report, ‘Improving Gender Diversity in the U.S. Coast Guard: Identifying Barriers to Female Retention,’ examined the root causes of women’s attrition and potential barriers to retention, as well as provided recommendations.

Nigerian Ports committed to women welfare, says NPA Director

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is fully committed to the welfare of women especially those in the Maritime sub sector, was the key message of the organization’s Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, in a statement during an official event in Lagos, earlier in March. 

Norsk Hydro appoints first female CEO

On Monday, March 18, Norsk Hydro announced that Hilde Merete Aasheim is the new CEO and first female CEO in the company, after Svein Richard Brandtzæg has chosen to release the baton after ten years in the role.The company stated that it looks forward to working with Mrs Hilde Merete Aasheim, a person whom they had known for a long time.

Svitzer hires first all-female crew in Latin America

Svitzer has hired the first all-female crew for one of its tugs in the Dominican Republic. This move is part of the company’s gender inclusion initiative and is considered a milestone for the Latin American maritime industry. The crew will be placed on the the 70-ton bollard pull Svitzer Monte Cristi, which provides harbor towage services for ships in the port Santo Domingo.

Meeting the first female captain to launch a cruise ship

Captain Serena Melani will helm the newest cruise ship of the Miami-based cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the ‘Seven Seas Splendor’, becoming the first woman in cruise industry history to captain a new ocean cruise ship at launch, the company announced. 

Initiative to survey women in maritime in India launched

Ms.Sanjam Sahi Gupta, Director for Sitara Shipping Ltd, has launched a new initiative in light of the IMO’s 2019 World Maritime Day theme. The surveys aim to understand at what level women are employed in shipping, what roles have been assigned to them and what women-friendly policies have been put in place.

Watch: IMO supports women empowerment in the maritime community

Due to the International Women’s Day 2019, IMO highlights the position of women in the maritime sector. IMO launches a video trailer for a forthcoming film which will showcase success stories of how IMO’s Women in Maritime programme has positively affected women in ports, on the shoreside and on ships.

Maritime UK launches two initiatives to boost gender diversity

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019, Maritime UK and its Women in Maritime Taskforce will mark the launch of two new resources aimed at promoting gender diversity within the maritime sector. The two new resources aim to respond to specific challenges companies have raised in their mission to improve diversity.


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