They say that great things are born from small ideas that end up becoming important projects.
This is precisely what Ida Stier has done with her company and it is why she is recognized today as a renowned businesswoman in the maritime sector. Ida created what we now know as the ”Stier Group” from scratch, facing all the setbacks and adversities that this entails, fighting for years with perseverance to open a niche in the maritime industry – not an easy sector, even less so being a woman.
Ida has had the privilege of being able to combine education with work experience in the shipping
industry and over the years expanded to the marine insurance and P&I sectors.
Ships, platforms, claims, emergencies, and training are just some of her passions but without a
doubt, her most important passion is her company which she founded in 1994.
Ida´s professional career in insurance started in Madrid in 1982 with Iberpandi. 6 years later Ida
became the Provincial Director of MAPFRE Guanarteme in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. During this
time she was familiarizing herself with the Canary Islands and in 1994 followed her dream by
attending to maritime emergencies as a Correspondent for International P & I Insurance
Associations, starting with the UK P&I Club which she introduced in Spain in 1983.
The local demand for training enabled Ida to be a pioneer, and in 1996 she created ”Centro de
Estudio Marítimos del Atlántico” (CEMA), where she was able to impart her knowledge and skills,
growing both professionally and personally, and amplifying the Canarian market.
In 2015 she merged both companies to launch the Stier Training Center, the only private training
center in Spain to offer professional qualifications for the maritime and aviation sector, the oil
industry, and the on/offshore renewable energy sector.
Grupo Stier and Ida are anchored on an important base of values that have always accompanied
her, and so aptly describe her through her surname: Sincerity, Transparency, Integrity, Efficiency,
and Readiness. All of which are necessary to effectively solve problems and implement solutions.
Ida´s constant work in the internationalization of the Canary Islands led her to the distinction that
the City Council of Las Palmas awarded her in 2016 as an ”Adopted Daughter of the City of Las
Palmas” – an honour bestowed to those who have made a difference and stood out in their
respective field. Records of which appear in the historical archives of the city.
We were more than honored to be present at Group Stier’s 25th Anniversary event in London.
www.allaboutshipping.co.uk begins the presentation of the women who made it in the Top 100 Women in Shipping for 2020; we look forward receiving each one’s story in 400 to 700 words.
N.B. Ida Stier was in place 96th in 2020 and 98th in 2019.