Women Seafarers in India – Charting New Horizons

The maritime scenario in India is witnessing the dawn of a new era for women seafarers. Venturing into this primarily male-dominated society, women have been creating history at every step. They have overcome personal and professional hurdles, proving that they are as capable and strong as their male counterparts. Today, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, SHM Shipcare had the privilege to chat with some of the most celebrated Lady Officers and Chief Engineers in the Indian maritime sector. A candid conversation with some of the most senior as well as younger women in the field gives us an idea of how shipping is progressively accepting women and how much farther there is to go. A quick introduction to the bravehearts – Capt. Radhika Menon, the first woman in the world to receive IMO’s Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea; Ms. Suneeti Bala, India’s first Lady Chief Engineer, and Ms. Sharvani Mishra, the first woman to sail onboard an Indian vessel. The three are the founders of the International Women Seafarers Foundation. We also talked to Ms. Bhagyashree Ogale, 3rd Engineer, Ms. Rupali Joshi, Chief Engineer, Ms. Poonam Devangan, former sailor and a recipient of the Varuna Award, and Ms. Reshma Nilofer, India’s first Marine Pilot. The conversations touched on several topics, from the change in the mentality of … Continue reading Women Seafarers in India – Charting New Horizons

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The Definitive Guide to Kayak Safety for Beginners

The Definitive Guide to Kayak Safety for Beginners Kayaking is one of the best adrenaline-filled activities you can enjoy in a group. However, before you get caught up in the thrill and excitement of meandering down the rapids, here are a few tips to stay safe and avoid getting carried away, literally! 5 Tips for Kayak Safety First, let’s focus on the measures you need to take before and during your kayaking adventure. Here are 5 tips for quick reference to keep you safe. Check You Prerequisites: Weather, Water, and Gear Before you set out for the trip, make sure to check with your local weather department to see what kind of weather you will be having on the day planned. Time your ride according to the tide so that it is easier to paddle your way along. Avoid days that can turn stormy or rough. It helps to have two/three potential dates for planning the trip. The next important thing is to check whether you have all the gear required. We shall see what kind of gear is a must-have for kayaking later, but suffice to say that all of it should be well-maintained and reliable. Add a Few Essentials Apart from your basic safety requirement, add a few essential items like sunblock, packaged drinking water, and some dry … Continue reading The Definitive Guide to Kayak Safety for Beginners

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Vice Admiral N. Krishnan – The Master Destroyer of Ghazi

The Indian history is galore with stories of soldiers and common people who displayed acts of heroism while protecting the country against external and internal forces. These are the heroes we look up to and remember for their bravery, intelligence, and sacrifice they made in the process. But, there are many unsung heroes whose heroics never made the light of the day. One such name is Vice Admiral Nilakanta Krishnan. Who was Vice Admiral N. Krishnan? Vice Admiral N. Krishnan was the most decorated officer in the Indian Navy with over 40 years of distinguished service career and 17 medals to his credit. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan and Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in World War II. Vice Admiral Krishnan has been a part of many pre and post independence operations his role in the war of 1971, has etched his name in the pages of history in golden letters. What happened in 1971? Vice Admiral Krishnan was then the Chief of East Naval Command. India’s secret spy network across the border confirmed the news that our next door naval forces had deployed their most deadly war submarine Ghazi, to destroy Indian Warship INS Vikrant. VA Krishnan was directed by the central command to use INS Vikrant in combat against the adversaries. But, he was informed by … Continue reading Vice Admiral N. Krishnan – The Master Destroyer of Ghazi

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