Female maritime officials from 26 countries have completed intensive training to boost their skills in managing and operating ports. 

The 21st Women in Port Management seminar, sponsored by IMO and organized in collaboration with France’s leading port, HAROPA Port, was delivered by the Institut Portuaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER) from 10 to 21 June in Le Havre, France.  

The training equipped senior officials from developing countries with the latest insights and knowledge related to port operations and management, including the impact of new technologies. 

Lectures covered a range of port matters from security, marketing and tariffs and logistics, to facilitation of maritime traffic, ship/port interface and concession contracts. 

Participants shared their own knowledge and experiences around port management, emerging technical issues and the implementation of related IMO conventions. 

The ‘Women in port management’ seminar is an annual joint initiative of IMO, IPER and HAROPA Port, aimed at improving the efficiency of ports in developing countries, while promoting gender equality in the sector.  

This year, IMO’s Women in Maritime programme sponsored the participation of officials from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Madagascar, Maldives, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Somalia, Thailand, Togo, Tonga and Viet Nam. 

Created in 1988, the Women in Maritime programme aims to enhance the contribution of women as key maritime stakeholders through professional training, visibility and recognition.