A special reception was held at London’s City Hall on the first day of the London International Shipping Week to mark women’s contribution to the maritime industry.
The reception on Sept 11 was organised by Associated British Ports (ABP) in partnership with Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association UK (WISTA UK), and was attended by industry leaders.
Sarah West, head of ABP’s Humber International Terminal (HIT), the UK’s busiest dry bulk facility, told guests: “The maritime sector is attracting more talented women among its ranks and I believe that while more work is needed, we have come a long way as an industry. “At ABP, we have seen a rise in the number of women employed in shipping.”
Sue Terpilowski, the president of WISTA UK, who also addressed the reception, said: “This event provided a great platform for women and men starting out in their careers to meet more experienced professionals.
“Our members include a broad range of professionals working in the maritime industry, from naval architects and ship engineers to maritime lawyers and sales and purchase brokers.”