A.P. Moller-Maersk is taking its Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) goal a step further by launching a ‘rating’ course for women in collaboration with Training Ship Rahaman, one of India’s oldest maritime training institutions affiliated with the University of Mumbai and authorised by the Directorate General of Shipping.
Rating is a phrase used to designate personnel who does general-purpose tasks on board a ship. Per a company advertisement, Maersk has invited female candidates to apply for the General-Purpose Rating and Certificate Course in Maritime Catering at Training Vessel Rahaman.
The deadline for submitting applications is November 25.
Women who complete the course successfully will be hired by Maersk to serve as trainee ordinary seaman/sea women, trainee wipers, or trainee cook on Maersk ships.
The rating program allows women candidates to begin their careers with one of the world’s leading container shipping firms, which has an inclusive and diverse environment, and to gain equal employment opportunities and exposure to people of all nationalities.
Maersk will provide six months of sea time as a trainee rating for its ships. Women will be paid at least $500 per month throughout on-boarding training.
On-board training on a ship is a critical regulatory need for cadets to obtain the Certificate of Competency (CoC), which allows them to work on ships.
Women who have completed the 10-year I.T.I Course from a government-approved institute with at least 50% aggregate marks in the final year and a minimum of 40% marks in English are permitted to apply for this program.
Haji Ismail Yusuf, the proprietor of Bombay Steam Navigation Company, decided to set up a Marine School as a charitable institution at Worli Point in then-Bombay as an act of gratitude to wider the seafaring community that had served devotedly on the Company’s ships.
The intention was also to encourage orphans and wards of the nautical community who had served faithfully on the Company’s ships.
The goal was also to encourage orphans and wards of the seafaring community, regardless of religion, caste, or creed, to follow in the steps of their predecessors at a time when the country’s indigenous mercantile marine was suffering from a dearth of skilled deck workers and commanders.
Maersk created India’s first seafarers’ cadet program for women last year in collaboration with Chennai’s Academy of Maritime Education and Training (abbreviated AMET) to address gender imbalance in seafaring.
After completing high school (10+2), young women who want to pursue a profession in the sea can enrol in the AMET-facilitated program and pick one of the three-year Bachelor in Nautical Science/four-year Bachelor’s in Engineering programs.
Maersk is committing to improving Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) in the long run by encouraging women to take these courses and ensuring that they have access to fitting academics in the right environment; the business is headquartered in the Danish city of Copenhagen said when it announced the program last year.
Maersk plans to boost the ratio of women among new cadets accepted into its fleet to 50% by 2027, up from 7.6% in 2021. To meet this lofty goal, Maersk is developing a talented group of female seafarers through a dedicated initiative.
Gender equality has been identified as a critical component for a sustainable and lasting future for shipping by the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations agency that governs worldwide shipping.
Reference- Economic Times
Source: Maritime Shipping News