All-women crew of MT Swarna Krishna makes history; Mansukh Mandaviya flags off vessel

For the first time in the world maritime history a ship sailed by all women officers flagged off on March 6. The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) vessel, MT Swarna Krishna, was virtually flagged off by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Mr. Mansukh Mandaviya.

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, in a statement released on March 7, said “The Shipping Corporation of India, as a part of its ongoing Diamond Jubilee celebrations and also to commemorate the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, achieved another feat when Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ports, Shipping & Waterways, virtually flagged off the ‘All Women Officers’ Sailing’ on MT Swarna Krishna – SCI’s product carrier from JNPT Liquid Berth Jetty on March 6, 2021.,”

This is an attempt to break down the stereotypes generally witnessed stereotypes in erstwhile male-dominated maritime sector.

Mr Mandaviya acknowledged the contribution and sacrifice of the women seafarers who acted as the Indian ambassadors to the global maritime community and had made the nation proud, the Ministry’s statement added.

भारतीय नारी शक्ति सदैव इतिहास बनाती है!
विश्व इतिहास में पहली बार एक ‘कार्गो-जहाज’ (एमटी स्वर्ण कृष्णा) को महिला कप्तान और केवल महिला अधिकारियों की टीम के साथ समुद्री यात्रा पर रवाना किया गया
इस #InternationalWomensDay समुद्री क्षेत्र में कार्यरत महिला नेतृत्व के ज़ज्बे को सलाम pic.twitter.com/LNSf9wCiMj
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) March 7, 2021

HK Joshi, CMD, SCI, spoke of the unabated and relentless pursuit of SCI to realise the ‘paradigm shift’ in the maritime sector which has recognized and honoured the ’empowered womanhood’ in seafaring women who have dared, endeavoured and sacrificed to achieve it.

Secretary Shipping Sanjeev Ranjan, Chairman JNPT Sanjay Sethi, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, Rajiv Jalota, and DG Shipping Amitabh Kumar attended the ceremony virtually and commended the efforts of the women seafarers.

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways says, “”The move demonstrated the gradual shift in the perception of seafaring as a male-oriented profession and the principles of Diversity & Inclusion that SCI upholds. SCI has been a pioneer in employing women seafarers onboard its vessels and has implemented various initiatives including age relaxations and fee concessions to aspiring female cadets through its Maritime Training Institute to promote their integration into the maritime sector.”

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