Safety at Sea magazine wants to hear from you, the seafarer, about the most important issues impacting crew today.
This month's survey is on women in shipping. Around the globe women's rights have dominated headlines with campaigns such as #metoo, while the IMO's theme for the recent World Maritime Day was "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community". Such movements in and outside shipping are helping to place issues around gender imbalance under greater scrutiny and seek to work towards quality in society and the workplace. The fact is that female seafarers are still a rarity, with more women in the maritime sector working in shore-based office support roles in a ship management or chartering capacity. There are organisations such as WISTA and a Women in Maritime taskforce seeking to redress this balance. We want to know what seafarers think of this situation, whether you think more women at sea would be a good thing, whether you are actually beginning to see more women entering the merchant navy, and how a change in gender balance in seafaring might impact working life at sea. All information you provide will remain anonymous. The results from the survey will appear in the September issue of Safety at Sea. The questionnaire will close on the 31st July.