Speaking at the meeting, Ms. Ghani MP said:

“This taskforce will be crucial in opening up the wealth of career opportunities in the maritime industry to women around the country. Today’s meeting will start the journey towards better understanding equality and inclusion in the sector and I want to see many more women taking up careers in maritime.”

Shipping makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, supporting just under 1 million jobs and contributing around £40bn to GVA.

The first meeting of the Taskforce brought together leaders from across the maritime sector to start identifying practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime and crucially within senior roles across its industries. The Taskforce is first working to fully understand the various issues affecting the sector which include recruitment, pay, progression and retention.

Sara Walsh, Corporate Services Manager at the British Ports Association said:

“I welcome the new Women in Maritime Taskforce and look forward to working with leaders from across the maritime sector to develop practical steps to increase the number of women in the maritime sector, which in comparison to other industries still has some challenges to overcome. The maritime industry needs to have a holistic approach to addressing the gender imbalance and how women can play an important part in addressing the skills shortage within the sector. We look forward to working with Maritime UK on this new initiative.”