International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) project manager Caitlin Vaughan has seen and heard a pushback on female seafarers. And that, she said, is something that “still needs to change " in the industry. Vaughan, who joined the panel session on diversity and inclusion (D&I) at HR Consulting's Maritime HR Conference in London, quoted comments she has heard from what she said were “fairly young people” saying that “sending women to sea is more trouble than it’s worth” and the “sea is no place for a woman" . Ship design considerations She said the issue