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Women in Maritime
Raconteur: Why the Maritime Industry needs more Women

Despite greater awareness of the gender imbalance, advancement of women in shipping, particularly at sea, is slow.

In 1918, Victoria Drummond became an apprentice at the Caledon Shipyard in Dundee, the start of a journey to becoming Britain’s first female marine engineer, earning honours for bravery at sea during the Second World War. A century later and Victoria’s personal battle to conquer the maritime industry has yet to translate into gender equality. While progress has been made, statistics still show a woeful 2 percent of seafarers worldwide are women, while just a third of global shore-based maritime positions are filled by women.

“There is more action today to raise equality than ever before and that has to be recognised,” says Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, president of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) and chief executive of Cyprus-based Tototheo Maritime. “But substantial, effective change needs time, collaboration and patience.”

Read more about which steps need to be taken to raise equality in the maritime industry here.

This article appeared in www.raconteur.net

New must-read article by The Maritime Executive: Gender Equality at Sea – The Story of ETO Amreen Bano

On the International Day of the Seafarer, the campaign theme of which is ‘I Am On Board with gender equality’ driven by the 2019 World Maritime Day theme (Empowering Women in the Maritime Community), Human Rights at Sea publishes the updated story and case study of Electro Technical Officer, Amreen Bano: an Indian seafarer who is helping to lead the way to increased inclusion and acceptance of women at sea.

The case study outlines the underpinning of her Muslim faith, her immediate family support, her constant drive in the face of bias and adversity, including the challenges she has faced to achieve her qualifications and Certificate of Competence as the first and youngest female ETO in India, in a previously male-dominated industry.

To read more, click here.

This appeared in www.themaritimeexecutive.com

Watch this Video by Safety4Sea: 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.

Click here to watch the video.

This appeared in www.safety4sea.com

Autonomous Shipping — Small Steps not a Giant Leap

25 July 2019

The paraphrasing of Neil Armstrong’s words some fifty years ago sums up one visionary’s thoughts on the impact of autonomy on the future of global shipping.

A presentation by Filip Koscielecki of the UK Club entitled ‘Autonomous Shipping – Revolution by Evolution’ took his enthralled audience through the vast array of technical, regulatory, commercial and legal issues that are potentially created by the inevitable progression towards more autonomous ships.

Among other considerations which present challenges to autonomy Filip explored the seaworthiness and navigating capabilities of unmanned or restricted crew vessels; greater exposure to cyber-attack; the consequences of robotic and AI control of ships and legal responsibility and liability.

“The benefits of autonomous shipping are many and will drive the future progress of such technology in what may, in the future be termed revolutionary,” said Filip.  “However the wide-spread ramifications that will surely disrupt the traditional shipping environment will have to be carefully managed.  Therefore, evolutionary steps towards autonomy will characterise the path of such progression.”

The recent industry soirée, organised by WISTA UK as part of its regular programme of networking meetings accompanied by an in-depth lecture on a shipping issue of the day, was hosted by Thomas Miller managed insurance mutuals, the UK P&I Club and the UK Defence Club.

Bridget Hogan, Secretary of WISTA UK gave thanks to Thomas Miller for its support.  “At WISTA we believe in free-thinking and cordial debate on vital issues affecting maritime and trade.  We hold monthly events to bring together professionals from across the whole spectrum of shipping to educate themselves, present their opinions and meet like-minded colleagues who hope to make a difference.”  The events are open to WISTA members, their guests and anyone from the shipping community who wishes to participate. www.wista-uk.net

The insurance mutuals that hosted this event are representative of the Thomas Miller Group’s whose aim is to share its technical and legal expertise with not just those that it insures but the maritime sector as a whole.  The resources, skills and experience of the Group’s claims, legal, underwriting and risk management personnel qualifies it to advise on a variety of subjects touching the present and future make-up of the industry.

Filip is an advocate for digital transformation in shipping and insurance and has published several articles on this subject. A PDF of  his Legal Briefing, ‘Autonomous Shipping – Revolution by Evolution’ can be accessed here





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