Course designed in association with the Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET), Chennai
On the occasion of the first International Day for Women in Maritime, AP Moller–Maersk’s (Maersk) recently announced India’s first seafarers’ cadet programme dedicated to women.
Young women who wish to choose a career in seafaring can enroll for the programme facilitated by AMET, Chennai, after completing their high school (10+2) and choose between the three-year Bachelors in Nautical Science or the four-year Bachelors in Engineering degree courses, according to a Maersk press statement.
“Women are reshaping the corporate world, taking on responsibilities in almost every sector, function and role. However, the seafaring community, which has otherwise been male-dominated, has not progressed at the same pace as the mainstream corporates. This must change, and to bring about that change, it is necessary to start at grass root level,’ remarked Karan Kochhar, Head of Marine HR-Asia, Maersk.
By 2027, Maersk aims to increase the proportion of women among the fresh cadets inducted to 50% from a baseline of 7.6% in 2021. To achieve this ambitious target, Maersk is creating a talent pool of women seafarers through this programme, the press statement added.