The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) join forces for new video in celebration of this year’s theme for World Maritime Day ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’, which is scheduled to be screened on Thursday September 26 at the IMO headquarters in London.
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On 26 September, the global maritime community celebrates the annual World Maritime Day, under the theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. Gender equality has been recognized as one of the key drivers to enhance diversity and therefore efficiency in the business world, and especially in the male-dominated shipping sector.
The third WMU International Women’s Conference, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community that took place in April 2019, launched its report presenting the women and their presentations that participated and also focusing on the conclusions drawn and future steps that should be taken to boost women in shipping.
BIMCO’s newly elected president, Turkish shipowner Sadan Kaptanoglu, aims to gather as many as possible shipowners to find a way to protect the environment, discussing the 2020 sulphur cap, the 2050 targets on reducing the GHG emissions and plastic debris.
Shipping must draw talent from every corner of the globe and every sector to ensure its own sustainability, was the key message of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, in his opening remarks to the 2019 IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event, held in Cartagena, Colombia, on 15-18 September.
Maritime UK has initiated a new national Maritime Careers campaign, aiming to promote career opportunities across Britain’s £46.1bn maritime sector. The nationwide campaign is being launched in response to recommendations within the government’s Maritime 2050 strategy, launched in January.
The 2019 World Maritime Week started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 10 September, with an opening session dedicated to ‘Encouraging gender diversity in the maritime industry’ in recognition of this year’s IMO World Maritime theme.
IMO’s World Maritime theme for 2019 ‘Empowering women in the Maritime Community’ has featured prominently in events at the London International Shipping Week, taking place from 9 to 13 September. Specifically, a seminar co-hosted by Inmarsat and WISTA international on September 10 explored the theme of Diversity and Digitalisation in the Shipping Industry.
In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Sandra Welch, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Sailors’ Society, an International charity providing a personal lifeline for merchant seafarers.
A persistence in tradition still seems to be holding the shipping industry away from being more inclusive and diversified and brings women of the 21st century still confronted with superstitions and misconceptions around their potential work at sea.
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