ICFR celebrates the women in the worldwide maritime industry

ICFR celebrates the women in the worldwide maritime industry
Left to right: Daniela Herget, My Nguyen and Ann Bada-Crema

All sectors of the marine industry celebrated World Maritime Day on 26 September 2019, promoting the “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” theme.

Following on from our ‘Championing women in the cruise and ferry sectors’ article that was published on World Maritime Day in 2018, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the women who have shared their expertise in the pages of the latest issues of International Cruise & Ferry Review and Cruise & Ferry Interiors

In our Autumn/Winter 2019 issue of International Cruise & Ferry Review, for example, we speak with Cruise Lines International Association’s president and CEO Kelly Craighead to find out how she plans to steer the global cruise industry towards greater success and growth over the next few years. We also ask Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy how her leadership is helping to keep the fun factor alive for both the brand’s guests and employees. Plus, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s Ellen Bettridge tells us how she motivates her staff to deliver luxury services and exclusive experiences on the line’s bespoke ships. Elsewhere, Loch Ness by Jacobite’s owner and managing director Freda Newton explains how she’s turned her passenger ferry operation into one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions.

Women also hold prominent positions in many of the companies involved in designing and outfitting passenger ships. Our 2019 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors showcases the expertise of the women playing a key role in this sector – from Cruise Quality Consult’s Daniela Herget who advises readers on how LEAN planning streamlines interior outfitting projects, to Beadlight’s managing director Gina Amies who highlights the benefits of LED lighting in guest cabins.

Among the many other women who contributed to Cruise & Ferry Interiors were BG Studio International president Francesca Bucci who outlines how the natural world influenced the interior design of Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity Flora; Holland America Group’s director of interior design and outfitting My Nguyen who headlines our ‘Personally invested’ feature to share her perspective on what role emotion plays in interior design; and Alexa Paolella who talks about American Cruise Lines’ American Harmony. In addition, Launch by Design founder Ann Bada-Crema shares her unique design philosophy and Global Marine & Hotel Interiors president Anna Jenei discusses the changing cruise ship carpet trends.

Scheduled to be published at the start of November 2019, our 2019 Itinerary Planning Report will also feature exclusive insights from female leaders, such as Holland America Line’s senior vice president and chief commercial officer Beth Bodensteiner, Cruise Britain’s director Kay Greenaway and Mariia Luzhanska, manager of planning and development for the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.

We’re proud to provide a platform for women in the industry to showcase their expertise and their perspective on key industry trends and topics, as well as the top opportunities and challenges facing the passenger shipping sector. We endeavour to continue to empower more women to do the same in future issues of our magazines and on CruiseandFerry.net.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, September 26, 2019