Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji says they are looking at engaging more women into the maritime industry with proper facilities.
MSAF Acting CEO, Captain Philip Hill says with the upcoming World Maritime Day with the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community, they will be focusing on how females can be well integrated into the industry.
Captain Hill says there is encouraging trend of females that have joined the Maritime Industry.
He says more awareness is needed when females are on board and for them to have a brother‑sister relationship with the rest of the crew.
He says they have had discussions with the shipping industry on how they can facilitate for females that are on board as domestic ships are not segregated for females.
Hill says currently they have 92 women with Certificate of Competency where training that is provided is to females also.
He says during the World Maritime Day, they will also be giving out awards which includes First Female Fiji Seafarer, the first female to be certified Marine Manager in Fiji, the first female to attain class 4 engineer and the first female Fiji maritime Border Police.