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Mersey Maritime declares its support for Diversity in Maritime initiative

By Mersey Maritime

The voice for the maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region and greater North West, Mersey Maritime, has today declared its support for Maritime UK’s ‘Diversity in Maritime’ programme. The programme will see the establishment of networks across diversity challenge areas, including the existing Women in Maritime network, together with new groups focused on LGBT+, mental health and BAME all of which are very topical at the present time. As a leading member of Maritime UK, and strong advocate of the Maritime 2050 agenda, Mersey Maritime is keen to help ensure that the maritime workforce of the future is as diverse as possible. With new technologies and a changing image for the sector there are many opportunities to draw in people from all backgrounds from right across the country.


Commenting, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:


“Mersey Maritime is proud to be involved with the diversity agenda of Maritime UK and the industry as a whole. The Maritime sector offers an incredible variety of exciting roles and we want to help make sure these fantastic opportunities can be accessed by everyone, helping the sector remain a truly fantastic place to work. These new and existing networks are really important at bringing people together but they aren’t just a place for talking, important and practical initiatives flow from them which help to address the challenges people can face in the sector. Mersey Maritime is committed to ensuring we roll out these initiatives in our wide-ranging membership, not least given the breadth of our involvement in the sector locally.”


Ruth Wood, Head of Commercial at Mersey Maritime, added:


“Earlier this week I was pleased to join the Diversity in Maritime ‘Women in Maritime Network’ event which took place online. The challenge of Covid-19 has meant new and innovative ways to engage with people from across the UK and it was fantastic to see over fifty people participating in a really wide-ranging discussion. This network is just one of the many forums which act as a safe space for idea sharing, problem solving and as a friendly space to interact with a really diverse group of people. Maritime is often seen as a ‘traditional’ industry, but the opportunities it offers don’t need to be restricted to just the few. Mersey Maritime will continue to play an active role in these established and new networks and we’ll be encouraging our members to get involved too.”


Last September, at its Maritime Knowledge Hub base in Birkenhead, Mersey Maritime hosted a Women in Maritime public speaking workshop with renowned expert, Shola Kaye. Some fifty people, drawn from across the membership of the organisation, took the opportunity to join the practical session which focused on helping colleagues overcome some of the barriers they might face in making progress and developing their career in the industry.


To find out more or get involved with this important work, visit:


Read our own blog published at the time of ‘Mental Health Week’ which sought to help shine a light on this area of focus:

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Mersey Maritime declares its support for Diversity in Maritime initiative