India’s MoPSW Recognizes Women Seafarers on International Women in Maritime Day

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The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) recently recognized 27 women seafarers for their significant contributions to the maritime industry on International Women in Maritime Day. These women, who come from various marine institutes and hold degrees in maritime studies, were honored to promote gender equality and break down barriers in the maritime sector. The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Safe Horizons: Women in Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety’, emphasizing the crucial role women play in ensuring safe operations and protecting lives at sea.

Over the past nine years, the number of seafarers in India has increased by 140%, with the total active Indian seafarers rising from 117,090 in 2014 to 280,000 in 2023. The Directorate General of Shipping has seen a significant increase in registered women seafarers, from 1,699 in 2014 to 10,440 in 2023, marking a 514% increase in the number of registered women Indian seafarers. Currently, there are 13,371 women seafarers registered, with 4,770 of them actively working in the industry as of December 31, 2023.

The growing number of women seafarers reflects a positive trend in the maritime industry, showing an increase in female representation and contributions. As the industry continues to develop, the presence of women in maritime roles is essential for its growth and success, emphasizing the importance of gender diversity and inclusivity in maritime operations.

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