The seafaring profession is currently amidst an era of changes and challenges for the near future. There are some main asks from the people working at sea, and some are directly connected with the pillars of this project.
The shipping industry needs more diversity and inclusion, decent working conditions, and more robust career prospects with meaning and value. Those working in this field are responsible for making this profession more attractive. It cannot happen without improving the daily living and working conditions on board. This is the only way to attract more women and young professionals to the industry.
After two years of hard work, we have finally reached the final port of our destination within the WESS project, with the project’s deliverables. But this journey cannot finish here. On the contrary, it can be the starting point to create a legacy built on the deliverables’ findings. We can prove that we can move from planning and making strategies to real action and implementing our strategy and vision. It is precisely what everybody working at sea is expecting from us.
2023 is the Year of Skills in Europe, and the ETF, jointly with its Social Partner ECSA, is planning to undertake joint initiatives and promote our work also for this project together with the SKILL SEA project is underway.
At the WESS project final Conference taking place end of November 2022, two-panel discussions gathered distinguished speakers. The first panel of the WESS final Conference was about enhancing the participation of women in European Shipping.
It is well known that transport is generally male-dominated, but maritime transport notably lacks women workers. The final report mentions that only 2% of officers and 3.5% of ratings available for the EU fleet are female, compared to 22% in transport overall! Currently, only about 2% of seagoing Masters and officers are female.
There were some clear messages in the report and some key findings and concrete proposals:
Other points could also be highlighted from the 1st-panel discussion and debate:
The second part of the final Conference was about investigating the increased use of digitalization on board and possible benefits and improvements to shipboard Safety and Welfare.
The final report includes significant findings (including on remote inspections to be performed only when physical inspections are not possible) and highlights:
The following points could also be highlighted from the 2nd-panel discussion and debate: