Synergy Group introduces customized personal protective equipment for women seafarers on over 60 ships Seafarers News

CHENNAI: synergy group, one of the world’s leading ship managers with a diverse fleet of over 540 ships, introduces new bespoke Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its growing ranks of female seafarers.

Synergy, which employs over 20,000 seafarers, commissioned Hercules Safety to manufacture the new equipment to the highest specifications.

The PPE was developed by textile engineers in collaboration with women seafarers and maritime safety experts to ensure the final cut maximizes comfort and versatility for crew deployed in a maritime work environment where the highest standards of protection are required.

LR: Third Officer Noopur Mohire, Captain Radhika Menon and Chief Officer Reshma Murkar

The material is 100% soft and durable cotton with reinforced stitching in high wear areas to ensure both safety and comfort over extended periods. The PPE is also highly visible with 3M reflective strips designed for maximum visibility in all marine work environments.

The new Hercules Safety PPE is currently being distributed to all female crews, port rotations permitting. The rollout includes over 60 Synergy-managed vessels worldwide currently serving female seafarers.

Captain Radhika MenonWinner of the 2016 International Maritime Organization Award for Outstanding Courage at Sea and mentor to Synergy’s young women seafarers, said: “These new overalls have a great fit and are super functional: breathable, weatherproof, light and comfortable. The fabric is suitable and protective for the bridge and for the engine room, where things get hot. It is also resilient, just like our seafarers; a quality we love to celebrate as International Women’s Day approaches. This new PPE enhances safety, which is always Synergy’s priority.”

Chief Officer Reshma Murkar said the commission of the new PSA had sent a positive gender equality message to the maritime community. “To be 100% able to work we need the best fit and now we have it,” she added. “These new PSA designs represent a clear commitment to supporting the role of women in shipping and illustrate why Synergy is making up so much ground in its efforts to attract more women to our wonderful industry.”

Third Officer Noopur Mohire said many seafaring products are designed for men, making them unsuitable for women. “Synergy prioritizes crew safety and this new PPE clearly delivers on that,” she added. “But it’s also very comfortable to wear and I’m glad female seafarers were consulted by Hercules Safety during the design process. I have plenty of pockets to carry my tools, but not too many to pose a hazard. I can move easily and have protection when I’m on deck doing chores.”

Synergy’s progressive policies on diversity, inclusivity and equality have enabled Synergy’s women workforce, as well as the company itself, to grow and thrive. Synergy’s commitment to encouraging women to become seafarers now includes its own Chakra Scholarship, which enables 14-15 year old students to begin training for entry into the seafaring industry.

Synergy’s CSR team is also active in major maritime outreach events in India, including Chennai-based SEVALAYA and a Mumbai-based municipal school run by Muktangan among its NGO partners.

Captain HS Swaminathan, COO Crew Management Synergy Groupcommented: “As part of our diversity, equality and inclusivity programs, we have been increasing the number of women in the Synergy ranks at sea and ashore for many years. We want them to feel at home and safe in their workplace. Ensuring they have comfortable, well-designed PPE that meets the highest safety and functional standards is of course a fundamental but crucial part of this process.”

About Synergy Group

Headquartered in Singapore, Synergy’s hallmarks are its lifelong approach to wealth management and the ability to develop bespoke, thoughtful partnership strategies with leading owners. Synergy has a network of 22 offices in 13 countries and employs more than 21,000 seafarers. Synergy manages a fleet of over 540 vessels, including the most complex LNG vessels (including FSUs), LPG and huge 20,000+ TEU container ships, as well as oil and chemical vessels, tankers, car carriers and bulk carriers. With a strong focus on crew wellbeing, digitization and environmentally conscious policies, Synergy is at the forefront of transforming the ship management industry.

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