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Virgin Voyages appoints Female captain

The Founder of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin announced the appointment of Captain Wendy Williams as Master of Scarlet Lady, the cruise line’s first ship. 

Watch: Career advice for female leaders in shipping

In line with IMO’s World Maritime Day theme for 2019 ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’, ABS issued a video depicting few of the organization’s female leaders discussing career advice for women pursuing a career in the maritime industry.

IMO explores gender equality at Nor-Shipping

On the sidelines of ​Nor-Shipping exhibition last week in Oslo, IMO hosted a special event to highlight some of the challenges and the solutions around encouraging women to take up seafaring roles. This comes in line with IMO’s enhanced efforts during the last year to empower women in the maritime community.

IMarEST presents Women’s Network for World Oceans Day

During the ‘World Oceans Day’, June 8, IMarEST announced the launch of IMarEST Women’s Network. The Network will be open to all members, both male and female; The inaugural meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 9 and participants are able to join either in person, or virtually. IMarEST by the launch of the Network boosts its idea of ‘acting locally to succeed globally.’

How men of shipping could get women to the top

“Organizations that retain and promote top talent-both female and male-are more likely to thrive,” write two men who have long been concerned about the struggle of women to earn a place at the leadership table; W. Brad Johnson and David Smith, naval officers, college professors.

Understanding sustainability in maritime industry: Key priorities

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO at TOTOTHEO MARITIME & President at WISTA International, defines what sustainability means for shipping, referring to its three pillars – economic, social and environmental – and addressing also key steps to take for action.

Shipping Industry: Ready for the “Green Tide”?

Getting closer to 2020, our industry is under pressure to innovate sustainably and show its change-ready profile to the strict climate-alerting regulations. While remarkable progress has been made, it is of much interest to look where the inefficiencies lie as well as how close we are to properly manage CO2, SOx & NOx challenges and meet the goals and aspirations set by IMO.

WMU, Canada join forces on gender equality in ocean science

On the sidelines of the Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference in early April, the World Maritime University (WMU) and the Government of Canada jointly announced a major research project on the theme ‘Empowering Women for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’.

Port of Cape Town congratulates its first female marine pilot with open licence

Sanette Robinson became the first female marine pilot to receive an open licence at the Port of Cape Town. Robinson began her career in 1995 in the South African Navy, serving as a combat officer. Ms. Robinson is trained and certified to guide anything from the very smallest vessels to tankers, as well as container ships into port.

Women in leadership roles boost company performance, says new report

Businesses with genuine gender diversity, particularly at senior level, perform better and see significant profit increases, according to a new ILO report. The report says that gender diversity effects beneficially when women hold 30% of leadership positions, although almost 60% of enterprises do not meet this target.

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