Marking International Day for Women in Maritime

It's the first ever International Day for Women in Maritime today - a day to celebrate and highlight the achievements of women in maritime. 

Organised by the International Maritime Organization, it's a day to reflect on how far the industry has come in terms of gender diversity while also recognising that there is still some way to go.

Across the Red Ensign Group, there are many women in leading roles driving forward the maritime agenda across the group. Like the IMO though, we know there's still some way to go.

Captain Jo Cox is Harbour Master in the Falkland Islands.

She said: Maritime is me. It is not just a career, but an identity and a way of life. Maritime has provided me with some of the best experiences of my life. Maritime is my work, but it is also how I spend my leisure time. Happiness is when I’m on the water, in the water, or beside the water."


Alison Leighton from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency manages the Conflict Stability and Security Fund work across the REG on behalf of the UK Government.

She said: "For me, maritime means making sure everyone wherever they are in the world, is aware of safety at sea and able to protect the marine environment. I want to help build capacity, not just for now but to enable a more resilient future."