PSS joins International Day for Women in Maritime celebrations

Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 20:03

Port Skills and Safety joined Maritime UK's Diversity in Maritime Taskforce and Women in Maritime Australia to celebrate the inaugural International Day for Women in Maritime.

The day celebrates women in the industry and this year had the theme ‘Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment’. Over the past few years, the sector has seen progress which has resulted in the International Women in Maritime Day being internationally recognised by the International Maritime Organisation. 

PSS chief executive Debbie Cavaldoro, joined an international panel discussing what an ally is and sharing best practices, lessons learned and their experiences of being Women in Maritime on either side of the world. 

'It was a pleasure to be part of a panel sharing ideas on how to be an ally and how to encourage others to stand up for equality in maritime,' said Ms Cavaldoro.

'All the participants at the meeting agreed to try and bring a colleague with them to a future meeting to help spread the message and promote real change in the sector.



For organisations that want to break the bias, they can sign the Women in Maritime Pledge. Signatories to the pledge will be making clear their support for creating positive change within their respective organisations, and collectively, across the UK maritime sector.  If you wish to be recorded as a signatory to the pledge, please sign the pledge.


The Diversity in Maritime Programme is sponsored by Stena Line and Port of Aberdeen.


Robert Courts, Minister for Maritime said:

"Women have made and continue to make an invaluable contribution to the global maritime sector. It is critical that we recognise and celebrate their achievements on this inaugural day.


“We want the sector to be open to everyone, and we want to put the policies in place to support and promote women to work and progress in the industry. I am delighted to see the global cross collaboration between Women in Maritime Australia and Maritime UK to share experiences and best practice.


“Looking ahead I am and excited to see what the maritime industry can do to promote diversity and help women achieve their potential."


Chrissie Clarke, Head of Diversity and Operations, Maritime UK said:

“Maritime UK is delighted to launching our new Global Women in Maritime series with Women in Maritime Australia today to shine a light on gender equality across the globe. Making progress on diversity and inclusion is a global challenge, and as a global sector, we are really looking forward to seeing how we can make quicker progress together.”

Sue Terpilowski, Co-Chair, Diversity in Maritime Taskforce/Chair, Women in Maritime Network said:

“Women’s equality cannot wait. We are delighted to collaborate with the IMO to ‘support a barrier-free working environment’ and look forward to a continued dialogue with Women in Maritime Australia.”