Inspired by the IMO 2019 theme of “Empowering women in the maritime community” the Society’s WiGS (Women in Gas fuelled Shipping) initiative to support diversity and inclusion in the sector has continued to grow these past two years. We have now profiled 45 women across the globe holding various technical and business support roles with many more interviews to follow soon.
During the year we had two online gatherings of the WiGS community. The first gathering in July had 14 participants and discussions were based about what WiGS means to the community and the WiGS community -based goals in the post pandemic world.
For the second gathering, which was held last month, we invited Jillian Evanko (CEO & President of Chart Industries) and Lena Gothberg (Executive Producer of the Shipping Podcast) to a fireside chat. Discussions included a 2021 highlight for them, the power of the “personal story” to encourage and attract more women to the sector and what actions we can take to make this happen. Other discussions were around supporting and encouraging women speakers at industry conferences. More on that to follow.
We would like to encourage nominations so that we can continue to highlight women’s contribution to the gas-fuelled shipping sector. Please send your nomination to: [email protected].