Is the tide finally turning on gender imbalance in the maritime industry?
At the most recent bunker training course run by Petrospot in Oxford, two thirds of the attendees were female.
In many other business situations this wouldn’t be anything unusual; however the balance of gender on the Petrospot course was quite remarkable for the shipping industry because at most 4 per cent of the maritime industry’s sea-based workforce is female, and in the Merchant Navy, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) estimates that women make up only 2 per cent of the world’s maritime workforce.
The important question to ask though is, does this attendance reflect the gender change in our industry that we’ve been waiting for?
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