MOL appoints 1st Captain

The Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has appointed Naomi Matsushita as captain of its Beluga Ace car transporter, effective June 6.

The decision represents a significant step forward for gender diversity in Japan’s maritime shipping sector, as it marks the first time a female seafarer has assumed the role of captain in a Japanese shipping company.

During her time at MOL, Naomi Matsushita has gained valuable experience onboard, primarily on car carriers and container ships. In addition, Matsushita has actively contributed to various assignments ashore, including supporting business units and ship management.

MOL’s appointment of Captain Naomi Matsushita is a sign of the company’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within its workforce by breaking down traditional gender barriers.

The appointment underscores the enormous potential and skills of women seafarers and aims to inspire and encourage women worldwide to pursue a career in shipping.

The maritime industry, like many others, has traditionally been male-dominated and women face numerous challenges when it comes to breaking down established barriers. However, the recent appointment is a beacon of hope and inspiration, proving that gender should never impede a person’s ability to succeed.

In this transitional period for the maritime industry, it is particularly important to attract more women seafarers to the maritime industry and show them that career advancement is possible. Namely, the industry is pushing towards a decarbonized and digitized future, creating a demand for diverse perspectives and talent as gender diversity brings new perspectives and ideas.

Despite the demand for qualified specialists, interest in the seafaring profession has noticeably decreased. Encouraging more women to pursue careers at sea can help alleviate this shortage and ensure a sustainable world of work for the future.

In summary, addressing the underlying factors that discourage women from entering the profession is crucial to attracting more women seafarers. These may include concerns related to work-life balance, gender stereotypes, and the availability of support systems and mentoring opportunities.

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