Super women from the Shipping Corporation of India are set out to sail the world’s mightiest South Sea, challenging the stereotypes to circumnavigate the globe. All the female crew members were flagged off on board the ship MT Swarna Krishna by the Union’s Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways. In an attempt to acknowledge the efforts of women in breaking down the stereotypes in the erstwhile male – dominated maritime sector, Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya flagged off an all – women crew onboard MT Swarna Krishna – SCI’s product carrier from JNPT Liquid Berth Jetty on March 6, 2021. The flagged MT Swarna Krishna is marked as a ship entirely led by female sailors, including those in the engine room. This is the first time it is fully managed & commanded by all Women Officers, “she added.
This group of women has called for the creation of a team of women, who will be the first in the world to proudly express that there is dignity and a great opportunity to work in the seas as an essential worker.
Landmark day in Global Maritime history! SCI in its 💎 Jubilee year makes 🇮🇳 proud. SCI Tanker MT Swarna Krishna @JNPort set to sail on the eve of #IWD2021 fully managed & commanded by all Women Officers. Flagging Off by Hon’ble Minister Shri @MansukhMandviya.@ShipMin_India pic.twitter.com/G7SwPJ932H— Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) (@shippingcorp) March 7, 2021
This will be the first “Asian women’s team” to embark on such an adventure, and the women’s team will roam the most difficult regions of the southern region. For the first time, they will cover more than half of the Indian coast, as well as parts of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
HK Joshi, CMD of SCI, spoke of the importance of recognising and appreciating the role of women in the empowerment of women in the maritime sector and of the women by sea who have dared, endeavoured and sacrificed to achieve this.
The global share of female seafarers has risen to 7.5%, compared to 6.3% in 2010. According to the World Economic Forum, 98% of companies in India have women in management positions, compared to the global average of 26%. India is the third largest country in the world in terms of the number of companies with at least one female executive, with a global average of 31% for women in management positions and 20% for men. In India, about 80% of companies with more than 1,000 employees have a woman in senior management, compared to the global average of 90%. Women employees in CPSEs over last 6 years is between 9% to 11% (as per DPE). National average women’s participation in the labour force is 27% (according to World Bank estimates) and women employees in SCI is 21%.
PM Modi tweeted: ‘It is the government’s honor to have a team of six women working to empower women in the country in a variety of sectors. It is the government’s honour to work to strengthen women’s rights in all areas, “said India’s Prime Minister, Dr Narendra Modi.
Saluting our indomitable #NariShakti on International Women’s Day! India takes pride in the many accomplishments of the women of our nation. It is our Government’s honour to be getting the opportunity to work towards furthering women empowerment across a wide range of sectors.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2021
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Technical Details of MT Swarna Krishna
SWARNA KRISHNA (IMO: 9414838) is a Oil Products Tanker that was built in 2010 (11 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of India. Her length overall (LOA) is 228.02 meters and her width is 32.24 meters.
Name: SWARNA KRISHNA
Vessel Type – Generic: Tanker
Vessel Type – Detailed: Oil Products Tanker
Flag: India [IN]
Gross Tonnage: 42845
Summer DWT: 73655 t
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 228.02 x 32.24 m
Year Built: 2010
Home Port: MUMBAI
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” – Mother Teresa