Diversity in Maritime Programme

Aberdeen Harbour is the first industry sponsor of the Maritime UK Diversity in Maritime programme.

Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, announced Aberdeen Harbour Board as the first industry sponsor of the Diversity in Maritime Programme.

The Diversity in Maritime Programme was launched in May 2020 in response to the Department for Transport’s flagship Maritime 2050 strategy which stated “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.”

Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board said: “We are proud to be the first sponsor of Maritime UK’s ‘Diversity in Maritime’ programme. A skilled, diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial for the maritime sector to prosper and being part of this exciting programme will further our own commitments to having an inclusive and diverse workforce at Aberdeen Harbour. We look forward to working with organisations from around the UK to ultimately ensure that the maritime sector is skilled and ready for the future.”

Sarah Kenny, Chair, Maritime UK said: “We’re delighted to welcome Aberdeen Harbour Board aboard as our first Diversity in Maritime Programme sponsor. Without a diverse workforce we will not be able to tackle the challenges we face – including Building Back Better from COVID or coming up with the solutions to enable the transition to net zero maritime. A mix of ideas and creative thinking is critical to the future success of UK maritime, one of Britain’s biggest industries."

Learn more about the Diversity in Maritime Programme