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Women in Shipping Watch: Expert thinking on empowering women in maritime industry

Gender equality is key to mitigating climate change and building a sustainable future. On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day, our special column is dedicated to women in the maritime industry, asking them to provide feedback on the three top priorities to achieve the UN SDG #5 and empower women in the maritime community.

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OCIMF Principles on Human Factor: It matters how leaders respond when things go wrong and take the opportunity to learn

The last guiding OCIMF principle on human factor highlights the role of leadership in challenging situations. The worst thing leaders can do is to minimize their mistake, ignore it or try to blame it on others. It is always important leaders to take responsibility for their errors; if they don’t admit fault when they should, this can have a negative effect on team morale.

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Women Together: Taking real action will make shipping more appealing to a diverse range of talents

Mrs Zoe Upson, Founder of Women Together initiative, urges for more action towards gender diversity. Women Together was developed with the aim to bring change in the industry; through this initiative and her talent solution business FACT, Mrs Upson empowers all industry stakeholders, both women and men, to be open to new ideas of how to achieve equality, bridge the pay gap and reinforce decent parental level.

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Career Paths: Philippa Charlton, Lloyd’s Register

In our special column for this month, we are glad to host an interview with Mrs. Philippa Charlton, Chief Marketing Officer, Lloyd’s Register, who is particularly excited about the role digitalisation has in enabling decarbonisation in maritime. Throughout the pandemic, technology enabled organisations like LR continued to provide services remotely and support the supply chain as it navigated COVID-19.

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Key soft skills for effective Human Factors Management

Albeit the common belief within the industry that whenever people are involved in design, construction or operation of equipment and process there is the likelihood for human error, we tend to see as cause of incidents the following human related factors: failures in tasks; unclear guidance or procedures; workload fatigue; lack of quality or insufficient training; improper communication; lack of situational awareness; complacency and; stress.

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