A tanker commanded and operated by a crew of all-women set sail from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s largest container handling port.
This is the first time in world maritime history that all female officers have sailed a ship, according to the Indian Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
The timing of the trip coincides with International Women’s Day 2021 and marks SCI’s Diamond Jubilee as the country works to inspire more women to become seafarers.
The 2010-built LR1 tanker, MT Swarna Krishna, belongs to the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya flagged off the ship from JNPT Liquid Berth Jetty at a virtual ceremony on Saturday 6 March 2021.
“SCI has been a leader in hiring female seafarers on board its warships and has initiated a number of programs, including age relaxation and fee discounts to aspiring female cadets through its Maritime Training Institute, to facilitate their entry into the maritime industry,” the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said in a statement.