As per IMO statistics, women represent only 2% percent of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers out of which 94% of female seafarers are working in the cruise industry.
Against this background, The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., as part of its ongoing Diamond Jubilee celebrations and International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021, has commissioned its oil product tanker “MT Swarna Krishna” with India’s and the world’s first all women officers team.
The MT Swarna Krishna, SCI’s product carrier was flagged off by Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways from JNPT Liquid Berth Jetty on the 6th of march..
During the ceremony, Mr.Mansukh Mandaviya acknowledged the contribution and sacrifice of the women seafarers whom termed “acted as the Indian ambassadors to the global maritime community and had made the nation proud”.
Smt. H.K. Joshi of SCI, spoke of the relentless pursuit of SCI to bring about a “paradigm shift” in the maritime sector by recognising and honouring the “empowered womanhood” in our seafaring women many of whom have dared, endeavoured and sacrificed to achieve it.
This move of crewing a ship with all women officers is seen as a shift in global perception as seafaring to be a male oriented profession. As per SCI, the move is line with the principles of Diversity & Inclusion that SCI upholds.
“SCI has been a pioneer in employing women seafarers on board its vessels and has implemented various initiatives including age relaxations and fee concessions to aspiring female cadets through its Maritime Training Institute to promote their integration into the maritime sector.”
It has been reported that SCI had in the last year been recognized by the NUSI as the Shipping Company employing the highest number of women seafarers and had also been conferred with several awards as an acknowledgment for
efforts in promoting Diversity & Equality in the Maritime Sector.
A statement from the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways said “Being in consonance with the theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021 (IWD 2021), viz. “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, as well as the IMO theme for the year 2019 – “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”, the All Women Officers’ Sailing is an attempt to acknowledge the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping an equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while celebrating the many accomplishments by the women in breaking down the stereotypes in this erstwhile male-dominated field.“.
We wish MT Swarna Krishna and its all women officers crew fair winds and following seas.