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ABS Hosts ‘Empower Hour’ at Nor-Shipping

Posted on Jul 02, 2019



More than 50 women in the maritime industry joined ABS for the ABS Empower Hour at Nor-Shipping. An event for women innovators in the maritime industry to network and talk about key trends in the industry. The event was developed in support of the IMO’s World Maritime Day 2019 theme of “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”

The IMO believes that, “empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping.”

Held at the ABS stand, the event provided an informal platform for some of the industry’s female leaders to share knowledge and inspire the next generation of women to join and lead the industry forward.

ABS EVP and Senior Maritime Advisor, Kirsi Tikka, and ABS SVP of Marketing and Communications, Cathy Mann welcomed guests from across the marine and offshore sectors, as well as representatives from IMO.



“We hosted the Empower Hour to help elevate women within the industry and to be able to collectively bring all our voices together,” said Cathy Mann. “We want to create a stronger voice for women across the industry, to empower, uplift and promote each other and to celebrate and share our accomplishments. We are contributing and accomplishing amazing things, and I think it’s important we celebrate these achievements and what they mean to the industry.”

While some job roles in the maritime and offshore industries see strong female participation, there is an identified need to encourage more women into leadership positions at sea and ashore, something that requires education and promotion.

“Whether we can meet the magnitude of this challenge depends on educational opportunities that girls have in their home countries,” said Kirsi Tikka. “We’ve already come a long way in terms of numbers and the positions that women hold but we still need more women in leadership roles so that young women have role models they can look up to and also people they can relate to.”

World Maritime Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight the important – but often under-utilised - contribution of women within the maritime sector.