Maritime UK launches campaign to attract women in the shipping sector

Maritime UK has partnered with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) to launch ‘Maritime and Me’, a campaign that aims to highlight women in maritime and encourage them to join the sector.

With funding by the DfT, the project will focus on attracting more women to work in the maritime industry, as well as promoting jobs in the sector to a wider diversity of people.
Alongside encouraging female students to pursue scientific studies, the campaign will further highlight women working in a wide range of roles within the maritime sector aiming to inspire those in the early to mid-stages of their careers.

As part of the campaign, Maritime UK, the DfT and ICS are working with WISE, a community interest company which provides potential career options and case studies for girls after they take an online personality quiz called MySkillsMyLife. This project will be applied to the shipping industry, with WISE tasked to develop a maritime-specific quiz, as well as a teaching pack.
The campaign comes in response to the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 pledge. In January 2019, UK shipping minister Nusrat Ghani emphasised on the importance of improving diversity as part of the Maritime 2050 strategy.
Ghani said at the time: “Government will fund the production of the ‘People Like Me’ maritime industry project to help address the perception of the industry and demonstrate how we can effectively showcase its value to a wider diversity of people.”
With 2018 figures from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) suggesting women represent only 2% of the global maritime workforce ‘Encouraging women in the maritime community’ was chosen as the theme for World Maritime Day in 2019 on 26 September – which was created by the United Nations via the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy.

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