22nd June 2019
This year we celebrate 100 years since women became eligible to become members of the (then) Institute of Naval Architects (now RINA) and this Sunday 23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day. To mark this occasion, we asked the women in TMC to reflect on their experiences as women working in the maritime sector, why they chose to embark on their career, what they feel they have achieved and what they see for the future of women in the Maritime sector. We spoke to Naval Architects Christina Douka and Maria Dragoumerli and Naomi Luckett, Marine Consultant/ Emergency Management Co-ordinator to share their thoughts.
I have only recently joined the maritime sector after almost 20 years in legislation and compliance (Customs and Police) and emergency management, responding to natural disasters. For me the maritime sector is an exciting place for women to be right now. There are endless opportunities whether you want a career at sea or ashore. My role revolves around responding to maritime casualties and managing shoreside responses such as an oil spill response, or distressed cargo operations. The role has taken me to all corners of the world, and in particular places where a woman’s role is still in the shadows of her male colleagues. I have worked in the Pacific Islands liaising with indigenous communities to understand spiritual and cultural impacts of groundings and oil spills, as well as working in the Middle East in temperatures of 50 degrees °C inspecting distressed cargoes!
I am proud of the work I have been able to do and my contribution towards co-ordinating responses, supporting communities and environmental restoration following pollution events. I feel like there is a lot of support for women in the industry especially through the likes of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association) and I am thankful to work for an inclusive employer who embraces and supports diversity.