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WISTA UK established the Came by Ship campaign as part of its 40th Anniversary events to inform people about how valuable and vital to the UK economy the maritime industry is. In a world of almost instant communication we often forget or don’t even know about how vital shipping is to just about every aspect of our economy. This country is an island nation and for centuries shipping has been our lifeblood.

The Came by Ship campaign is also keen to promote the career opportunities that are available within the maritime, shipping and associated sectors, especially the opportunities at entry level. WISTA UK offers a mentoring programme for females within the sectors.

Came by Ship - cargoes and goods

Came by Ship – cargoes and goods


More than 90% of all goods that come into the UK arrive by ship and without the maritime industry the UK economy would be in choppy waters.

The amount of seaborne trade is set to double by 2030. 113,000 UK people are directly employed in the sector and this grows to 240,000 if you add ports, shipping and business services. The Department for Transport forecasts a shortfall of around 3,500 trained UK Deck and Engineer Officers at sea by 2021 and these are needed not just at sea, but in the service sector, where qualified seafarers will continue to be in demand.

The maritime industry is made up of different businesses which relate to the transportation of goods and people over major waterways, including cargo shippers, cruise lines, ferries, shipbuilders, military operations and more. Merchant shipping is the lifeblood of the world economy. It is estimated that there are 50,421 commercial ships worldwide. They operate on the high seas, as well as on short sea voyages or cabotage, and on fresh water on lakes, rivers and canals.



WISTA UK conference 11th September at City Hall London SE1

It is a free to attend Conference and
Evening networking in association with ABP

Book here

LISW 2017 WISTA UK conference:  Autonomous, Robotics and loT what is the reality now and in the near future?

Speakers include: Dr Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research; Troels Støvring CEO of Twill/DAMCO; Argyris Stasinakis from Marine Traffic; David Smith of PwC; Tim Baker of Traxens, and Michael Dempsey of Orbcomm. The legal, security and IMO regulatory issues will be explored by Ewan Duncan of ABP; David Patraiko of The Nautical Institute; Luis Benito, Director for Innovation, Strategy and Research for Lloyd’s Register Marine and Offshore; Mike Rebeiro, Global Head of Technology and Innovation with Norton Rose Fulbright and Katy Ware, UK representative to the IMO and Director of Maritime Safety and Standards, Maritime & Coastguard Agency,  Phil Parry of Spinnaker, Anderson Chaplow, Lead Specialist – Naval, Lloyd’s Register and Debbie Cavaldoro, Head of Strategic Campaigning at Nautilus International

14:00 Welcome and opening address Sue Terpilowski OBE

Presentation: WISTA UK Woman of the Year and Mister WISTA of the Year

14:30 Keynote: John Hayes MP Minister for Shipping

Response: Jos Standerwick, Maritime London

14.50 Session 1: What regulatory changes and new legislations are needed?

Session 2: Getting out of silo mentality

Ships, ports, supply chain collaboration platform, land logistics and blockchains.

Session 3: What this means for careers, readdressing the gender imbalance



WISTA UK is the oldest of all national WISTA associations, dating back to 1974. Today WISTA UK focuses on helping young people and newcomers leap into the maritime industry through networking, training, education and mentoring. WISTA UK seeks to enhance members’ competence and empower career success. WISTA UK is proud to be the founding country of WISTA International. More information and WISTA UK events can be found at www.wista-uk.net 


Visit the WISTA International network website to find your nearest WISTA country www.wista.net

WISTA – Women International Shipping & Trading Association