News | 01 October 2019



According to The International Transport Worker's Federation, it is estimated that only 2% of the maritime workforce is made up of women, most of them employed on cruises and ferries. While the number of women in the maritime industry is growing, there is still much work to be done.

This year, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) celebrated World Maritime Day on the 26th of September under the theme: "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" – a great opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

At Svitzer, we believe in offering equal opportunities, regardless of where we operate. And we are convinced that a large part of our strength as a marine services provider is down to the diversity of our people. With this in mind, we seek to continuously improve when it comes to attracting the right talent for the right job – regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity.

There is still much work to be done, but it's important to recognise how far we have come – from putting in place the first ever all female tugboat crew in the Dominican Republic to steadily growing our number of female onshore and offshore staff. We are proud of our diversity and see it as a genuine source of strength.


“A diverse and global workforce is a geniúine source of strength for our industry and will continue to have a tremendous business and societal impact and contribution in the communities we serve.” - Deniz Kidar True, Head of Operational Excellence


"My advice to women who want to start a career in the maritime industry is to be passionate about what you do and use the drive to bring a fresh perspective to a male dominated industry." - Mel Joy Caparos, Crewing Officer, Gulf Cluster


"Many things that we presume to be done through physical force, in reality, only require technical intelligence and the right tools. Many may think that women do not have the ability to work on a powerful tug boat, but our crew has shown that this type of work is not exclusive to a specific gender. With dedication, it is very possible.” - Chief Engineer of Svitzer Monte Cristi, Marysabel Moreno.


While the number of women in the maritime industry is growing, Svitzer acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. The video featuring some of our amazing female colleagues from Australia highlights some of barriers which still need to be overcome while underpinning the strength of diversity: