As part of Maritime UK Week, we were proud to host our first Pride in Maritime Industry Roundtable and Network Meeting in partnership with Stena Line and the Port of Aberdeen.

Held between 10am – 11:30am on Thursday 13th October, the roundtable and meeting brought together leaders and network members to discuss progress on ensuring maritime is welcoming for the LGBT+ community.

Seena Shah, Head of Marketing and Communications commented: “It has been a pleasure to host this special Pride in Maritime Industry Roundtable and Network Meeting today behind the iconic backdrop of our Belfast yard. Welcoming a number of leaders and network members both online and in person, this has been a great opportunity to discuss and promote inclusivity, diversity and equality within the UK maritime industry. We look forward to continuing to work closely with and supporting Maritime UK, the Diversity in Maritime programme, and the Pride in Maritime Network.”



The Maritime UK Pride in Maritime Network was launched in May 2020 as part of the Diversity in Maritime programme and aims to:

  • Help identify barriers to change across the LGBT+ maritime community, and where Working Groups should be focusing efforts
  • Ensure that the network considers the whole of the “maritime” sector – comprising shipping, ports, professional services, engineering & science and leisure marine
  • Educate and enable individuals and companies to embrace, empower and support the LGBT+ community
  • Share resources, good practice policies and toolkits that support the LGBT+ community across the sector

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On 5 May 2020, Maritime UK launched the Diversity in Maritime programme. Diversity in Maritime aims to promote a fair, equal and inclusive UK maritime industry that embraces diversity and creates a supportive and open atmosphere for all to be able to achieve their potential. The programme works closely with the Maritime Skills Commission to ensure the UK maritime industry has a continuous pipeline of highly skilled, diverse people and to support the Department for Transport’s Maritime 2050 People Route Map.

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