Celebrating International Women in Maritime Day

Celebrating International Women in Maritime Day


The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) celebrated the International Day for Women in Maritime in New Delhi, honoring the significant contributions of women seafarers. This year’s theme, “Safe Horizons: Women in Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety,” highlights the crucial role of women in ensuring maritime safety and security.


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Honoring Women Seafarers:

  • Recognition Ceremony: 27 women seafarers from various maritime institutes and professionals were honored for their dedication and contributions to the field.
  • Exemplary Strength: These women showcase strength and resilience in a traditionally male-dominated industry, serving as role models for future generations.

Importance of Women in Maritime:

  • Secretary’s Address: Secretary Shri T K Ramachandran emphasized the vital contributions of women in the maritime sector and stressed the need to create more opportunities for gender diversity.
  • Theme Focus: The theme “Safe Horizons” underscores the significant impact of women on maritime safety and their essential role in ensuring safe operations and protecting lives at sea.

Commitment to Gender Equality:

  • Aligning with SDG 5: Gender equality is recognized as a crucial pillar for a sustainable future, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5 of the United Nations agenda.
  • MoPSW Initiatives: MoPSW is dedicated to empowering women in maritime through various initiatives and collaborations with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other industry stakeholders.


  • Growing Female Participation: Over the past nine years, the number of women seafarers has increased significantly, reflecting a positive trend towards gender diversity in the maritime sector.
  • Rise in Registrations: The Directorate General of Shipping has reported a substantial increase in registered women seafarers, with a 514% rise from 2014 to 2023.