October 19, 2023AwardsESGGeneral Business News

HAFNIA wins Safety4Sea Award for Enhanced Maternity Policy for Female Seafarers

Hafnia has been recognized by SAFETY4SEA’s 8th Annual Awards in the “Initiatives Award” category for its enhanced maternity policy for seafarers – launched in 2022. The Initiatives Award is awarded annually to an organization or association that has sparked, realized, or significantly contributed to any initiative that fosters safer and or more sustainable shipping.


In line with creating and being a “People-First” diverse, and inclusive environment across our offices and at sea – and in being a responsible business – Hafnia in 2022 officially implemented paid maternity leave for female seafarers to better improve on industry standards, where paid leave across the board – is generally not a given for team members who are classified as contract workers.


The enhanced maternity policy includes up to 18 weeks of paid maternity leave and underlines our commitment to support the continuation of an at sea career.


Head of Crewing at Hafnia Shivas Kapoor, GM comments “The women we work with at sea are truly remarkable and should all feel valued and fairly treated especially when it comes to family planning. Family planning measures are also imperative if we want to further enhance our ambitions of attracting and retaining top female talent onboard hence fostering a more sustainable, diverse, and inclusive culture.”


The maternity policy introduction was a necessary and crucial step to take for Hafnia on our pathway to becoming more gender inclusive when it comes to our seafarers, also in view of aligning our employees’ entitlements onshore and at sea”.  continues Mikkel Boesen, VP (Head of the TECOS Fleet).


Hafnia’s maternity policy for female seafarers has been rolled out across all Hafnia vessels in October 2022. On behalf of the team at Hafnia, we thank SAFETY4SEA for the platform to drive awareness and recognition of initiatives that furthers and evolves the maritime industry.

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Shivas Kapoor
Head of Crewing

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