Under the auspices of the UK Department for Transport and MCA, Captain Belinda Bennett of Windstar Cruises was granted the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, as ‘the first black female captain in the commercial cruise industry’, for services to the promotion of the maritime sector. Bennett is Windstar’s first female Captain and is first black Captain in the commercial cruise industry.
Women in shipping
There is no doubt that in the future shipping industry, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, cruise, renewable energy, ports, dredging etc. will need more women in leadership roles. Therefore, we prepared a quick guide on how to improve women leadership in the ocean community.
The annual conference of the Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean, held in Belize City, Belize, on 16-19 October, launched a new mentorship scheme to encourage the next generation of women in maritime sector, in line with the goals outlined under the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5.
BW LNG announced that it appointed its first female Captain of an LNG carrier. Namely, Tatjana Pletena is the Captain of the Singapore-flagged LNG tanker ‘BW GDF Suez Everett’. Tatjana Pletena started her career with Bergesen in 2001 as a deck cadet from the Latvian Maritime Academy.
The International Association of Ports and Harbors issued its annual report for 2017-2018 noting a significant progress on the field of women in ports, with the appointment of two new vice-chairs and members at IAPH Women’s Forum.
As the industry is struggling to cover its gender gap and significant skill shortage, many organizations seem ready to take a fresh approach to recruiting women. According to Dynama, the first place to start is establishing an accurate gender profile of the organization using workforce management technology.
In a ceremony during Malta Maritime Summit, government representatives gathered with WISTA members to celebrate the first five Maltese female master mariners. Minister of Transport Ian Borg stressed that it becomes important to work hard and to reflect on how empowering women can be made possible.
Africa’s Blue Economy, job opportunities, mentorship, marine environmental protection and addressing gender-based violence, were addressed at the 9th regional conference of the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, from 26 to 28 September.
On 26 September, the European Maritime Safety Authority’s (EMSA) Administrative Board nominated Ms. Maja Markovčić Kostelac as the next EMSA Executive Director. This follows a recent trend in the maritime industry which strives to enhance its gender diversity.
Women leaders from across the maritime business sectors will gather at the 2018 Sustainable Ocean Summit, at Hong Kong, from 14 to 16 November, in a high-level plenary discussion to advance women’s leadership in Corporate Ocean Responsibility.
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