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Maritime Facts and Figures: WOMEN IN MARITIME

Information sources and statistics relating to maritime and shipping


"Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. This will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector. 

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 120th session at IMO Headquarters in London, endorsed the theme, following a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.   “IMO has a strong commitment to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and continues to support the participation of women in both shore-based and seagoing posts, in line with the goals outlined under SDG 5: 'Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls',” Mr Lim said.  Read More 


Recent Articles

Below are links to selected content, from the global media, which relate to the theme of World Maritime Day 2019, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.


  1. WISTA: Diversity key to unlocking maritime sustainability. Splash 25 November 2019
  2. Why we encourage women in maritime’.  The Nation (Nigeria). 25 November 2019
  3. World Ocean Council (WOC) and WISTA International to sign MOU at Sustainable Ocean Summit.  Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA). 20 November 2019  
  4. Barrier-Breaking. History-Making. Celebrity Cruises to Set Sail with First-Ever All-Female Bridge and Officer TeamCelebrity Cruises. 18 November 2019
  5. Plotting her own course: Meet the Newfoundland marine captain navigating her way in a man's world.  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). 17 November 2019
  6. New opportunities for women by the rise of digitalisation.  ShipInsight. 12 November 2019  
  7.  Women push toward more inclusive shipping industry. Cayman Compass. 7 November 2019
  8. WMU President: Industry Is Not Doing Enough to Empower Women. World Maritime News. 7 November 2019
  9. WISTA ‘sistas’ aim to level maritime playing field. Freight Waves. 6 November 2019
  10. Carnival Corporation Supports Catalyst to Help Advance Women in Workplace. Carnival Corporation & plc. 4 November 2019
  11.  Female maritime cadets aim high on high seas. Loop Pacific. 30 October 2019
  12. WOMEN IN MARITIME: A chance to celebrate #womeninmaritime.  DCN - Daily Cargo News (Australia).  23 October 2019
  13. Stakeholders demand policy to encourage women in maritime.  Ships & Ports. 16 October 2019  
  14. Roundtable: the women fighting for equality in maritime.  15 October 2019
  15. Take up career in maritime industry – SHS girls told.  GhanaWeb.  11 October 2019
  16. Women managers steer ship at port authority.  IOL Independent Online (South Africa).  10 October 2019
  17. Not just for men.  Cyprus Mail.  10 October 2019
  18. First in Seychelles: Female ship officer sets sights on making captain.  Seychelles News Agency.  5 October 2019
  19. BIMCO President Sadan Kaptanoglu: The entire shipping industry is entering a new era.  Port News (Russia).  03 October 2019
  20. CLIA Celebrates Women Leaders.  Maritime Executive.  03 October 2019
  21. With gender-neutral hiring norms in place, women seafarers to get a boost.  The Hindu BusinessLine (India).  02 October 2019
  22. Women sues for more participation in shipping sector.  The Guardian (Nigeria).  02 October 2019
  23. Women in Maritime Sector eager to establish a Professional Women in Maritime network in A&B.  Daily Observer (Antigua & Barbuda).  02 October 2019
  24. International Maritime Organization to present at International Women in Shipping ConferenceCayman Compass (Cayman Islands).  01 October 2019
  25. IMO pushes for gender equality, but progress slow for women at sea.  Professional Mariner.  01 October 2019
  26. Women to the fore on World Maritime Day.  ITF Seafarers.  01 October 2019
  27. How to achieve gender balance in maritime sector — Hotonu Ships & Ports (Nigeria).  27 September 2019
  28. A Woman at Sea—In celebration of World Maritime Day 2019.  Australian Maritime Safety Authority.  27 September 2019
  29. Stop begging for appointments, Amaechi tells maritime women.  Ships & Ports (Nigeria).  27 September 2019
  30. We are committed to a strong, attractive, competitive, prosperous and socially sustainable shipping industry.  European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA).  26 September 2019
  31. Shipping group president wants more women in maritime industry.  Trinidad & Tobago Guardian.  26 September 2019
  32. An interview with BP Shipping: Promoting gender equality at sea.  International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).  26 September 2019
  33. Women too have a place to navigate development in the maritime sector.  Standard Digital (Kenya).  26 September 2019
  34. Women in maritime body launches Guyana chapter.  Stabroek News (Guyana).  26 September 2019
  35. ABS Supports IMO’s Empowering Women Initiative.  ABS (American Bureau of Shipping).  26 September 2019
  36. Celebrating women in our maritime community.  Gard.  26 September 2019
  37. Empowering women in the maritime community.  Manila Times.  25 September 2019
  38. International Maritime Organization appoints first Emirati woman as IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador.  Emirates News Agency.  18 September 2019
  39. Five common myths around women at sea.  Splash 30 August 2019
  40. Denmark kicks off Girl Power maritime recruitment campaignSplash 30 August 2019
  41. Minister praises Durban shipbuilding company for empowering women in maritime. IOL - Independent Online (South Africa). 29 August 2019
  42. Women preside over negotiations of high seas treaty including Palau’s top diplomat at the UN.  Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). 28 August 2019

  43. Take part in 'Maritime and Me' campaign to highlight women in the maritime sector. Maritime UK. 27 August 2019
  44. Women in the Global Maritime Industry.  Modern Diplomacy. 27 August 2019

  45. WISTA Advocates for Female Sec-Gen for IMOThis Day (Nigeria). 16 August 2019
  46. Norton Rose Fulbright women appointed to leading roles in Canadian maritime law organizations. Norton Rose Fulbright. 15 August 2019
  47. Women in maritime: We need all hands on deck. DCN - Daily Cargo News (Australia). 13 August 2019

  48. Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.  Sea News. 13 August 2019

  49. Women encouraged to dive-in to the maritime sector. My Cape Town (South Africa). 8 August 2019

  50. Female learners ‘dive in’ to maritime working world. My Port Elizabeth (South Africa). 3 August 2019

  51. Calls for no mandatory pregnancy tests for women seafarersSafety at Sea. 2 August 2019
  52. More women seen joining maritime sector Business Daily (Kenya). 30 July 2019
  53. Merchant Navy officer tells women NCC cadets: Being a seafarer is not easy, but not that difficult Indian Express.  11 July 2019
  54. Nigeria braces up for more women seafarersThe Guardian( Nigeria).  27 July 2019
  55. Day of the Seafarer 2019. World Maritime University. 25 June 2019
  56. Sailing solo in an industry dominated by men. Straits Times (Singapore). 25 June 2019
  57. Moving from empowerment to action. Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh). 25 June 2019.
  58. NIMASA on board with gender equality as world fetes seafarers. This Day (Nigeria). 23 June 2019
  59. Blue economy's sustainability will be guaranteed by the women in leadership positions. Namibia Economist. 21 June 2019
  60. I am OnBoard.  Manila Times. 19 June 2019
  61. Women in Maritime Africa to educate fishmongers on resource sustainability. Ghana News Agency. 13 June 2019
  62. 10 Women to Watch 2019. Splash 247.Com. 12 June 2019
  63. 2019’s Top 10 Women To Watch In Shipping.  gCaptain.  11 June 2019
  64. Three female stalwarts of the maritime industry honoured. Jamaica Information Service. 11 June 2019
  65. Maritime women recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list. TradeWinds. 10 June 2019
  66. World Oceans Day: Seychellois women encouraged to dive deeper into sea work. Seychelles News Agency. 10 June 2019
  67. Career advice for female leaders in shipping. Safety4Sea. 10 June 2019
  68. Gender parity has a huge role to play in the fight to save our oceans. World Economic Forum. 7 June 2019
  69. Caribbean Shipping Association Promoting Gender EqualityThe Gleaner (Jamaica).  4 June 2019
  70. We’re working to enhance Nigeria’s blue economy – Mrs Jean Anishere [President of African Women in Maritime]Vanguard (Nigeria). 4 June 2019
  71. Launch of Recruitment for Ph.D. Scholarship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme - Empowering Women for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. World Maritime University. 31 May 2019 
  72. AWIMA holds first UAE gathering to strengthen women's role in maritime sector. Emirates News Agency (UAE). 29 May 2019
  73. Vanuatu part of Pacific Women in Maritime celebrations. Vanuatu Daily Post. 27 May 2019
  74. Victory for women seafarers. Norwegian Seafarers' Union (NSU). 23 May 2019
  75. NMSA steps up to promote women in maritime. Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea). 22 May 2019
  76. Day for women in maritime celebrated. Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea). 19 May 2019
  77. Sadan Kaptanoglu elected BIMCO PresidentBIMCO. 14 May 2019
  78.  Champion of ‘she’-farers and women in maritime. Manila Times. 1 May 2019
  79. Gender equality is IMO theme for Day of the Seafarer 2019. Manila Times. 1 May 2019  
  80. Forum boosts support for women in maritime. The National (Papua New Guinea). 30 April 2019
  81. Promoting Asian women in maritime. Manila Times. 24 April 2019 
  82. Disney unleashes bevy of initiatives to foster women in maritime careers. Seatrade Cruise News. 18 April 2019
  83. Women in maritime: It’s a balancing actDCN - Daily Cargo News (Australia). 18 April 2019
  84. 2019 Empowering women conference speech by Sayedeh Hajar Hejazi. Human Rights at Sea (HRAS). 11 April 2019
  85. Crucial to address challenges women face in maritime sector - DPMBernama (Malaysia). 10 April 2019
  86. A Way Forward - Conclusions from the WMU Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference. World Maritime University. 9 April 2019
  87. WMU and MPA Singapore Sign Enhanced MoU at WMU Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference. World Maritime University. 9 April 2019
  88. Achieving Gender Equality Through Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. World Maritime University. 8 April 2019
  89. Women in Ports Mentoring Program launched by IAPH Women’s Forum. Hellenic Shipping News. 5 April 2019
  90. EMSA Women in Shipping. European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). 4 April 2019
  91. Svitzer Hires First All-Female Tug Crew in Latin America. Maritime Executive. 18 March 2019 
  92. Shoreham Port leads work on attracting more women to maritime jobs. Shoreham Herald. 18 March 2019
  93. Gender gap in maritime sector ‘serious’. Manila Times. 13 March 2019
  94. Transnet’s Nozipho Sithole on opportunities for women in the maritime sectorCNBC Africa. 13 March 2019
  95. Time to encourage women in maritime. Graphic Online (Ghana). 12 March 2019
  96. ILO  meeting agrees measures to attract and retain seafarers and to promote opportunities for women seafarers.  International Labour Organization. 11 March 2019
  97. Celebrating Women in Maritime Search and RescueInternational Maritime Rescue Federation.  8 March 2019
  98. International Women's Day: How well is women’s leadership advancing in shipping?  Safety4Sea.  8 March 2019
  99. International Women’s Day 2019World Maritime University.  8 March 2019
  100. New funding to support young women into maritime careersUK Government.  8 March 2019
  101. European Maritime Employers mark Women's Day 2019 by renewing their commitment to working for Women in Shipping. ECSA.  8 March 2019
  102. Nearly one third of port professionals active in ESPO are women.  European Sea Ports Organisation. 8 March 2019
  103. Honouring Women in the Fisheries IndustryRepublic of Seychelles.  8 March 2019
  104. Women’s year in shipping 2019 makes a big splash right from the beginningAll about shipping.  8 March 2019
  105. Waterfront's changing face sees ports attracting more women to the workforceABC News (Australia).  8 March 2019
  106. Women in Maritime Jobs Face Persistent Challenges—and Growing OpportunityPew Charitable Trusts.  7 March 2019
  107.  Maritime UK makes a splash on International Women’s Day by launching two brand new initiatives aimed at boosting gender diversity within the maritime sectorMaritime UK.  7 March 2019   
  108. International Women’s Day: aiming to increase the proportion of women on tankers to 5%.  Tanker Shipping & Trade.  7 March 2019
  109. Pledge for inclusion of women in the industry.  Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA).  6 March 2019
  110. The maritime world needs more women. The Manila Times.  6 March 2019
  111. Careers mapped out for young and women seafarers. International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF).  4 March 2019