It’s a good gesture to encourage women seafarers. This will encourage girls who want to take up seafaring as a career, they will not find the financial strain that much because part of the assistance will be coming from the Maritime Training Trust. In our institute we are giving 25 per cent discount to women enrolling for any pre-sea training courses.

...said Captain C L Dubey, Principal, Mumbai Maritime Training Institute.

Namely, the governing committee of the Maritime Training Trust took the decision to offer scholarship of Rs. 1.00.000 for the academic year of 2019-2020 to each Indian woman who undergoes the pre-sea course.

Moreover, the committee will also provide a scholarship of Rs. 1.00.000 during the academic year 2019-2020, to every woman seafarer undergoing pre-sea rating course with DG Shipping approved training institutes.

For the records, the Maritime Training Trust is a charitable trust registered with the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai and consists the Director General of Shipping and the Additional Director General of Shipping as ex-officio trustees, two nominees representing the Indian National Shipowners Association (INSA) and one trustee nominated by the DG Shipping in consultation with INSA.

Overall, this is not the first time that India pays attention to its women seafarers. Recently, the Government of India launched a guidelines focusing on the importance of women seafarers, highlighting that for the time being there are few Indian women on ships, and calling for additional women participation in the industry