Diversity in Maritime


On 5 May 2020 Maritime UK launched of 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.

The Department for Transport's Maritime 2050 People Route Map

The Department for Transport's Maritime 2050 People Route Map states: "The maritime workforce of the future will be diverse. New roles, new technologies and a changing image of the sector will draw in people from all backgrounds across the entire UK" and recommends Maritime UK expands on foundations laid by the Women in Maritime Network to look at diversity as a whole. 

How will this be achieved?

To achieve these goals, the entire UK maritime industry must work together. Building on the success of the Women in Maritime Network and projects such as the Women in Maritime Charter, the Diversity in Maritime Programme was launched on 5 May 2020 to drive forward diversity best practice in recruitment, progression, and support. 

Diversity in Maritime Programme

The programme includes four, safe-space networks: Women in Maritime; Mental Health in Maritime; Pride in Maritime; Ethnicity in Maritime, with more to be announced in the future.  These networks bring together individuals and allies from across the sector to collaborate, discuss and break down barriers being faced.  

The networks are supported by working groups including: Menopause Hub, Creating a Culture of Care, Working Parents, Speaker Bank and more. These groups bring together actions from the networks to signpost to existing initiatives or resources or work together to create them where they are lacking, creating solutions to barriers. You can find out more about our current projects here . If you are interested in joining a working group you can contact us here.

The Diversity in Maritime Taskforce is made up of Chairs of the Networks and Working Group Leads to ensure cross-collaboration, where appropriate. You can view the Taskforce members here.

Get involved!

There are many ways for people to get involved, from simply sharing posts and support on social media, taking part in surveys, attending one of the network meetings, speaking about your experiences in the industry or volunteering for one the projects. Opportunities include:

It will take the support of every maritime professional to drive real change in the sector. By joining the Diversity in Maritime programme, you can be part of that change. A more diverse maritime industry will make the maritime sector better for everyone. 

Complete the form here or click on ‘Get Involved’ below.

For any queries about Diversity in Maritime and to get involved please contact a member of the Maritime UK team.