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Women in Maritime
There are as many Female Cruise Ship Captains as Female Airline Captains!

Would it surprise you to learn that on % there are as many Cruise ship captains as Airline captains. My first reaction was that this could not be accurate but investigation showed that World Wide there are 9 women cruise ship captains on the 314 cruise ships ( just under 3%) and there are 4000 women airline captains of the 130,000 captains flying (just over 3%). The UK is in an enviable position in both fields as of the 9900 UK aviators – 570 are women (just over 6%) of the 9 sea-going captains -2 are from Britain (25%). So who are these 9 wonder women who have managed to break through the male barrier and become the new Masters of the 21st century. The first shipping line carrying passengers started in 1818 but it was not until the late 1960´s that the modern cruise industry came into itself. So it has only taken 189 years until the first woman became a Captain on a passenger ship. Being generous and staying within the modern era we can congratulate society for accepting a female Captain 45 years later.

Swedish born Capt.Karin Stahre-Jansen had this honour in 2007 and in the following 10 years UK Capt.Sarah Breton, Swiss Capt. Margrith Ettlin, Usa Capt.Kate McCue,

Danish Capt.Lis Lauritzen, Italian Capt.Serena Melani, Faroe Isles Capt. Inger Olsen, German Capt.Nicole Langosch and UK Capt. Belinda Bennett who also has the added accolade of being the first black female cruise captain in history, started the change.

Not forgetting their hard work and climb through the ranks to reach Staff Captain positions putting them in an ideal situation to become Captains, alot has to be said for the change of mentality in the higher echelons of the Cruise Industry Management. In some of the shipping companies, women have become Presidents and Owners, paving the way to opening doors for female Masters. Fortunately for us women, we are finding barriers being broken daily in all fields and the shipping business is no exception!

Linda Reyes
WISTA UK – Cruising.

#Cruising #WISTAUK #Womeninshipping

Women in Maritime

Women in Maritime Taskforce to map gender balance in UK shipping

At its inaugural meeting in London on 21 February, opened by recently appointed UK shipping minister Nusrat Ghani, taskforce chairperson Sue Terpilowski pledged that the group “would not be just a talking shop” and would give the government its initial recommendations within three months.

The taskforce will focus on how the UK maritime industry recruits women to the sector, the efforts it undertakes to retain them, and it will review remuneration, Terpilowski said.

“A lot of women enter the sector, but they just don’t stay. We need to find out why,” she added.

To assess how effective the taskforce is in its mission, the 30-strong group agreed that using a survey to map the gender balance of the UK maritime workforce – both onshore and at sea – is a necessary starting point for measuring the impact of change.

Nicola Good, executive editor Fairplay | 22 February 2018 Read the full article here


Capital Link’s 10th Annual Shipping, Marine Services & Offshore Forum
August 4, 2017

Capital Link’s 10th Annual Shipping, Marine Services & Offshore Forum will take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at One Moorgate Place in London and is held in partnership with Fearnley Securities and in cooperation with the London Stock Exchange. The event will be held in conjunction with the London International Shipping Week 2017.

This event aims to provide investors with a comprehensive review and current outlook for the various shipping markets and in addition, cover topics of critical interest to industry participants, financiers and investors.

Capital Link’s Forums are known for combining rich informational content with unique marketing and networking opportunities. The London Forum will also provide the opportunity for 1×1 meetings between company management teams and investors.

Register here

Industry Panel Topics To Be Covered
·         Global Shipping – Overview & Outlook

·         Geopolitical, Regulatory & Market Trends Affecting Shipping

·         Dry Bulk Sector

·         LNG Shipping Sector

·         LPG Sector

·         Containers Sector

·         Crude Oil Tanker Sector

·         Product Tankers Sector

·         Shipping & Bank Finance

·         Private Equity & Alternative Finance

·         Restructuring Panel

·         Shipping & Capital Markets

·         Analyst Panel


 Who Should Attend?
Commercial and Investment Bankers • Charterers • Classification Societies • Commodity and Energy Traders • Finance Providers • Financial Advisors • Financial and Trade Media • Hedge Fund Managers • Institutional Investors • P&I Executives • Lawyers and Insurers • Market Analysts and Consultants • Private Equity Firms • Risk Advisors • Ship Managers • Ship Operators • Shipowners • Shipbrokers • Sovereign Wealth Funds • Venture Capital Firms, Financiers & Investors 

The Forum presents a unique opportunity to meet and network with a large, high-caliber audience of ship owning and offshore executives, institutional investors, research analysts, industry experts, commercial and investment bankers, risk advisors, private equity and venture capital firms, high-net worth investors, and financial media. The event will be open to the buy and sell side communities as well as the media. By attending, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the current state of the shipping and marine services industry, the subsequent effects on their investments, and a clear focus on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Olga Bornozi, Managing Director at: obornozi@capitallink.com, Tel: +1(212)661-7566

For more information, contact:
Eleni Bej (New York), Director of Special Events, at ebej@capitallink.com, Tel: +1(212)661-7566
Maira Kitova (Greece), Marketing & Media Relations at marketing@capitallink.com, Tel:  +30-210-610-9800

Call for speakers
August 1, 2017

Call for Speakers WISTA UK, LISW 2017

WISTA UK is hosting their LISW 2017 (London International Shipping Week 2017) conference again at one of London’s prestigious venues City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA.

11 September 2017 from 14.00 to 17.45.
Followed by networking evening at the iconic London Living Room, 9th Floor at City Hall, in association with Associated British Ports.

The conference will be in the Mayor of London’s Chamber, which is a purpose built auditorium with fixed seating for 250 delegates.

Both events are free to attend.

In 2015 the conference was oversubscribed and the audience was predominantly female, middle to senior management and international with delegates from over 10 countries.

The conference theme is:  Autonomous, Robotics and loT what is the reality now and in the near future?

14.00 – 15.00       Where are we today and what needs to happen to have a really fully integrated supply chain including Ships, Ports, Supply Chain Collaboration Platform, Land logistics

15.00- 16.00        What does this need to make it really happen. Current platforms, open source platforms, block chains – getting out of silo mentality

16.00 – 16.30      What regulatory changes and new legislations are needed? Legal, IMO and security.

16.30 – 17.45      What does this means for careers, readdressing the gender imbalance

We are looking for speakers who will take on these subjects and provide thought provoking ideas that lead to good debating sessions. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to address the topic (we don’t want corporate presentations this time is to be used to address the subject) and each session will have a moderator who will ask challenging questions alongside ones from the audience.

Press will be in attendance.

Please send bios and a brief outline of your proposed presentation for consideration by the WISTA UK conference panel to events@wista-uk.net by 9 August 2017.

Test post to see if it works
April 12, 2017

Test post to see if it works

August 31, 2016

Women on the board: the reality and the myth


MANY businesses worldwide are still failing to make the most of female talent, according to a report issued on International Women’s Day by the World Economic Forum.

The report, the Corporate Gender Gap, contrasted the fine words of governments and business leaders with the reality. The idea that most corporations have become gender-balanced or women-friendly is a myth, it said. Of 600 companies surveyed across 20 countries, fewer than 5 per cent had women chief executives. Nor has there been an improvement in the pay gap, which is an average 18 per cent lower than for men.

Diversity is becoming not just desirable, but essential in the modern business world, declared the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios Mitropoulos, in his keynote speech to the 2009 Annual Conference of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (Wista). He said that there was no intrinsic reason why women should not participate in, and benefit from employment in, the shipping industry.

However, it is true that shipping has historically been regarded as a male preserve. The relevance of sea-going experience to many shore-based jobs within the maritime industry means that the pool of women with these skills is very much lessened, thus reducing the overall representation of women in this sector as a whole.

Mr Mitropoulos said that in the secretariat, three of the six directors were women ‘and that sets the tone for the rest of the organisation’.

Singapore, despite being a maritime hub and a financial and investment centre, interestingly shares somewhat similar circumstances. Although women in Singapore have carved a solid reputation as equals to the men, there remains a psychological need for women to prove themselves in the male-dominated shipping industry, to work harder and be more aggressive to fight for limited resources.

Wista was formed in the UK in 1974 by a group of shipping women in London. It is an international organisation for women in management positions involved in maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide.

The Singapore chapter, the first in Asia, was established in 1998 as a non-profit organisation, to provide a networking forum for women shipping professionals. Members come from a diverse range of specialist fields across the maritime sector, from professionals in bunkering houses, chartering, insurance and P&I Clubs, flag registries, finance, to shipowners, suppliers, lawyers and shipbrokers.

There are now 25 national Wistas worldwide, with more than 1,200 members. In 2009, the three-day Wista Annual Conference was held in London, co-sponsored by IMO, Lloyds Register, Fairplay, TradeWinds, Marshall Islands Registry, Blank Rome, the House of Lords sponsored by Lord Ambrose and the Bahamas Maritime Authority.

This September, the three-day Wista Conference with the title Achieving Sustainability: Paving the Way to Shipping Excellence will be held in Athens from Sept 29 to Oct 1. More details can be found on www.wista.net.Such conferences are important as they provide a platform for mentorship and networking.

Women are set to play their part in the growing maritime industry. Efforts to push forth maritime education and profiling the maritime careers are crucial to attracting more women into the sector and for women in management positions to maximise their potential, for the benefit of their organisations and the maritime sector as a whole.

The writer is president of the Singapore chapter of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association

Women step forward
August 31, 2016

lloydslistLloyd’s List

Tuesday 12 October 2010

WELL over 300 women made the 30th Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association international conference, held in Athens, a rip-roaring success.

Among headline speakers was International Maritime Organization secretary-general Efthimios Mitropoulos, who took a moment out from a focus on emission issues to underscore the UN-wide commitment to gender equality.


With the World Trade Organisation predicting a 13.5% growth in world trade this year, Mitropoulos said that many new job opportunities in the sector should follow and voiced his hope that: “Shipping simply cannot afford any longer to ignore the huge workforce potential that women provide, in all sectors — from high-level management to the humble but all-important seafarer at the sharp end,” to applause.

There was a celebratory mood to the three-day event, which was organised by a tireless team at Wista Hellas, the association’s Greek branch. That certainly applied to a strong Nigerian contingent who, garbed in colourful national dress, sang their anthem at the start of the last session to mark the country’s 50th anniversary of independence.

Many delegates told Last Word that they revelled in being at an event where they were not heavily outnumbered by men.

Some feel intimidated by getting up to speak on such occasions — a feeling that panellist Manolis Vordonis, executive director of Thenamaris Ships Management, said he could empathise with as he surveyed, for once, a roomful of female faces.

Greece is where the girls are

NO ONE should be surprised when strong women are at the fore of Greek affairs.

As documented in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Greek women were feisty enough back in ancient times to force their menfolk to negotiate peace under the threat of withdrawal of, er, marital privileges. Sophocles’ heroine Antigone offers a prototype for courage and honour in civil disobedience, one that inspired Nelson Mandela to the point that he is said to have played the role in jailhouse performances of the Greek tragedy.

Good to see that beyond the recent Wista conference, other visitors to Greek shores are picking up on the significant female element in the local maritime community.

InterManager secretary-general Kuba Szymanski noted at the Safety4Sea Forum: Improving Safety Beyond Compliance, held at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens, that 12% of the audience were women.

“Everywhere you go there are almost no women participating in maritime events,” he said. That was certainly true in Singapore, Dubai and other eastern hubs, he claimed. But also London could not compete with Greece — “the only country where so many ladies are involved in the shipping industry,” he said approvingly.

It should be said that Szymanski’s focus was statistical. He also informed delegates that he had counted 176 in the morning session of the conference, of whom 65% were wearing jackets. But 106 were left in the auditorium by the close of the final session, he added.

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