Freight News, Sea

Stena aims to close the gender gap at sea

[ March 8, 2021   //   ]

Stena Line says it has increased the number of female managers it employs by 42% in only five years and has set itself the target of ensuring they account for 30% of all management by the end of next year.

In an industry where only 2% of the 1.2 million seafarers globally are women, the Swedish owned ferry company says it is working hard to tackle the gender gap. Before the end of 2022 its intention is that 30% of all managers, on all levels of the company, shall be females; from ferries and ports to management teams and, importantly, at board level.

Stena Line’s diversity ambitions are guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 5 – Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls – and specifically, to achieve Target 5.5 “Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life”.  The aim is to successfully fulfill one of the key indicators to achieving this, which is the ‘proportion of women in managerial positions’. 

Stena Line’s key women working in maritime across the UK and Ireland include freight commercial manager for the Irish Sea, Anna Breen,  chief officer (Irish Sea)., Lynette Bryson, third officer (Irish Sea) Katie Baxter and port duty manager (Scotland), Lesley Fletcher.