WISTA Norway wants to be a resource for shipping companies that claim they cannot find women to fill job vacancies. And welcoming men as members is one way in which it hopes to promote gender balance in the industry.

“We want to continue to change the perception that some areas of our industry are not suitable for women,” said Siri Sundal Shield, senior shipbroker at Odfjell Tankers and the new president of the Norwegian chapter of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA).