The German branch of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) elected a new board of directors at the beginning of July, and for the first time a representative of Carnival Maritime, Cindy Paarmann, has taken a place on the board.
Carnival Maritime is the marine service unit for AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere. Currently, 60 female officers work on the group’s vessels: two-thirds on deck and one third in engine services. As HR Manager Development at Carnival Maritime, supporting women’s careers on board is one of Paarmann focuses. “I want to encourage women to discover and embrace the many exciting and fulfilling career options in the cruise industry,” she said. “The doors are open for them, because shipping companies have now realized what a great asset diversity is. Women belong on board!”
She cites Germany’s first female cruise ship captain, WISTA member Nicole Langosch, took a command role with AIDA Cruises in April 2018.
Worldwide, the proportion of female officers is 5.4 percent. Alongside Spain, Finland and Malta, Germany has one of the highest proportions of women in the industry.
WISTA International has been a voice for female executives in the maritime industry since 1974. WISTA Germany has nearly 100 members and is part of the WISTA International network with more than 3,000 members worldwide in 35 countries. WISTA partners with organizations around the world including the European Commission, International Chamber of Shipping, InterManager, Intertanko, World Maritime University, ISWAN, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, and YoungShip to increase women's participation in the maritime industry in coordination with the U.N.'s sustainable Development Goal 5, Achieve Gender Equality and Empowerment for all Women and Girls. The IMO Council approved WISTA International's application for consultative status on July 5.
“When it comes to the proportion of women in our industry, there is a lot of catching up to do and a very clear need for more information. Carnival Maritime is fully committed to encouraging women to join WISTA and explicitly supports the association’s activities and values. This way, we aim to make a positive contribution to ensuring that more women take on management roles in shipping,” says Tino Hensel, Vice President Marine HR at Carnival Maritime.