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MoPSW Celebrates International Day for Women in Maritime, Honoring Women Seafarers

New Delhi: The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) celebrated the International Day for Women in Maritime today, honouring the vital contributions of women seafarers. This year’s theme, “Safe Horizons: Women in Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety,” underscores the importance of safety and security for women in the maritime sector.

During the celebration, 27 women seafarers from various marine institutes pursuing different degrees in maritime fields, as well as some professionals from the industry, were recognized for their dedication and significant contributions. These women exemplify the strength and resilience required to thrive in a traditionally male-dominated field, and their achievements are paving the way for future generations of women in maritime.

In his address, Secretary T.K. Ramachandran said, “On this International Day for Women in Maritime, we honor the invaluable contributions of women in the maritime sector. Their dedication and expertise are crucial as we navigate towards a more sustainable and equitable future. We must continue to break down barriers and create opportunities for women in this industry. Together, we can achieve a balanced, diverse, and prosperous maritime community.”

He added, “This year’s theme, Safe Horizons: Women in Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety, emphasizes the significant impact women have on maritime safety. It highlights the critical importance of security within the industry and acknowledges the essential role women play in ensuring safe operations and protecting lives at sea.”

The celebration highlighted the importance of gender equality as a key pillar for a sustainable future, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.

Over the last nine years, the number of seafarers has increased by 140%. In 2014, the total count of active Indian seafarers was 117,090, which surged to 280,000 in 2023. The Directorate General of Shipping had approximately registered 1,699 women seafarers in 2014, a number that has now increased to 10,440 in 2023, reflecting a remarkable 514% increase in registered women Indian seafarers. As of May 15, 2024, there are 13,371 total women seafarers/INDOS registered, with 4,770 active women seafarers as of December 31, 2023.

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