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In the past few months, the issue of developing a future workforce has come up at every event I have attended. Whether it is the US mariner shortage (cited between 1800 to 18,000 depending on who you talk to) or the latest ICS/BIMCO study which predicts we will be 96,000 seafarers short by 2026, hands are wringing about sourcing new markets for mariners.
Yet, we are not successfully accessing more than 50% of the potential workforce pool—women! We would like to think that historical barriers to entry have been removed, but it doesn’t appear to be the case. While more women are entering traditionally male domains, this is slow to impact shipping.
Money talks, and gender diversity is becoming a benchmark for accessing capital at competitive rates. Some institutions are ranking gender diversity alongside fleet environmental criteria as necessary KPI’s.
We need more women to enter our maritime world. Let’s remove the barriers!