25 May 2022
As the digital revolution enables more processes to be automated, modern maritime abilities such as block-chain transactions, processing big data, and operating computer-based systems and artificial intelligence are expected to provide women in maritime greater career possibilities. Satellite communications have made it possible to easily keep in touch with home and family in real-time and enable online learning at a time convenient to the seafarer, thereby enhancing opportunities for career development.
Recognising the importance of onboard connectivity, IEC Telecom has developed solutions that enable digitalisation on vessels of all types. Thus, comprehensive training and crew welfare programs, previously reserved for large VSAT-equipped vessels, are now accessible on smaller boats. IMO and other global organisations have lent support to campaigns aimed at encouraging more women into the maritime industry. One of the key goals of the International Day for Women in Maritime is to show a more diverse representation of maritime careers. The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) reports that its 3,000 members in 45 countries represent almost all facets of the shipping industry.