Maritime UK launches first Pride in Maritime Day

February 28, 2022
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Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, is today launching the first national Pride in Maritime Day.

Pride in Maritime Day is an initiative driven by the Pride in Maritime Network, a network established within Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime programme. Its remit has been to identify barriers faced by the LGBT+ maritime community, to educate and enable colleagues to empower and support them, and to share good practice policies and toolkits that support the LGBT+ colleagues across the sector.

During London International Shipping Week 2021, the network hosted the first live-streamed industry roundtable which brought together leaders from across the sector to discuss how maritime could be more welcoming for LGBT+ people. It was at that roundtable that the concept of a Pride in Maritime Day was agreed.

Pride in Maritime Day has been established to share and celebrate progress for the LGBT+ community in the maritime sector and is being held at the end of LGBT+ History Month. A live-streamed panel event, hosted by Associated British Ports, is being held from 11:00 to 13:00 GMT. The event will be moderated by the Pride in Maritime Chair, Danny McGowan, who is the International Organiser at Nautilus International and will include a panel of the following Pride in Maritime Network members:

  • Danny McGowan, Chair, Pride in Maritime/International Organiser, Nautilus International (Moderator)
  • Karen Arscott, Quality and Process Manager, CMA CGM
  • Kian Goodsell, The Seafarers’ Charity
  • Daisy Rainer, Head of Legal, Shipowners Club
  • Commodore Melanie Robinson, Royal Navy
  • Alex Roscoe, Group Risk Practitioner, ABP
  • Neal Somerville, Ireland Face to Face Manager, RNLI
  • Gwilym Stone, Assistant Director: Ship Standards, MCA

The panel will discuss progress within their organisations, lived experiences, and how we can break down barriers faced by our LGBT+ employees together

Maritime UK is urging companies and individuals to celebrate Pride in Maritime Day by using the hashtag #PrideinMaritimeDay across social media channels.

Robert Courts, Minister for Maritime, said: 'Diversity is vital to the success of any sector, and I am immensely proud of the progress being made in support of the LGBT+ community in maritime.

'Pride in Maritime Day will help break down barriers, which is critical to achieving our Maritime 2050 vision of building a workforce that is dynamic, inclusive and open to all.'

Chrissie Clarke, Head of Diversity and Operations, Maritime UK, said: 'Maritime UK is committed to ensuring the sector is welcoming to the LGBT+ community. We are delighted to be launching Pride in Maritime Day today at the end of LGBT+ History Month. Pride in Maritime Day will be an annual celebration to share progress and shine a strong spotlight on what barriers need to be removed for our current and future LGBT+ employees.

'We are grateful to ABP for hosting the event and to Pride in Maritime Network Chair and Panellists being part of today’s launch.

'I am proud to be an ally to the LGBT+ community and I will always stand shoulder to shoulder with you.'

ISWAN's Project Manager Georgia Allen, who is part of the Pride in Maritime Project Group, said: 'ISWAN’s vision is better lives for seafarers and their families the world over. An integral part of achieving this is the maritime industry working together to ensure that all identities are not only accepted, but in fact celebrated. For this reason, we are very proud to be a part of the inaugural Pride in Maritime Day which marks a fantastically important step towards securing change and progress for the LGBT+ maritime community.'

To find out more about the Pride in Maritime Network click here.

To register for the event, click here.

Diversity in Maritime is sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour Board and Stena Line.

Video: Working on board as an LGBT+ seafarer

To mark Pride in Maritime Day and raise awareness of the challenges LGBT+ seafarers face, ISWAN's team in the Philippines spoke to three Filipino seafarers who shared their experiences of working at sea as members of the LGBT+ community. Please note that this video includes discussion of sexual assault that may be harmful to some viewers:

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