Putting the stripes on a woman’s shoulder

Oct 4, 2019

To us, a captain is a captain. So, why shouldn’t a woman shoulder the stripes? Our goal is to shatter that glass ceiling.

Only two per cent of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers are women. Of those, 94 per cent work in the cruise industry. The number of women in our part of shipping is alarmingly low. And we have to admit we are not as good as we want to be.

Still, to us, a seafarer is a seafarer, regardless of colour, gender or sexual orientation. We believe diversity is key to success, and that is why we strive to have more female seafarers on board our ships.

A part of the challenge is to show women that we really want them in our business. We need female role models, to show other women it is possible to have a successful career as a seafarer. To achieve that, we have made a promise to ourselves: Within the end of this year, we will have our first female officer on senior management-level. A typical career path should then make her a Master or Chief Engineer within the end of 2021.

But that is just a part of the work. We have to make sure female seafarers feel safe and equal onboard. That is why we have a zero-tolerance when it comes to harassment. A colleague is a colleague, and if you cannot treat them like that, you are not welcome onboard Grieg Star vessels.

One of our Sustainable Development Goals is goal number 5: Gender Equality.