Blue-water shipping needs to step up its recruitment efforts if it wants to have a more diverse workforce, particularly in leadership roles, maritime lawyers said.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said the centuries-old industry has as many as 30 nationalities on one-third of its ships.

But Kunbi Sowunmi, a senior claims advisor and lawyer with Gard North America, said far too few black people and other minorities work as managers and officers.