Outgoing Nautical Institute President
Jillian Carson-Jackson highlighted the lack of progress on diversity in the
seafaring profession at the institute’s 50th anniversary
“When I started in
maritime in 1983 about 2% of seafarers were female. Here we are nearly forty
years later in 2022 and still we are at 2%,” Carson-Jackson said.
of vessels remains a very much male vocation.
Despite a push by many organisations
and companies to improve diversity in the shipping industry’s workforce the
crewing of vessels remains a very much male vocation.
“Here we are nearly
forty years later in 2022 and still we are at 2%. The maritime industry is very
good at putting in place KPIs to drive change for operational and safety
matters, but we don’t have measures of success for diversity and inclusion,”
I would like to continue to work
to move from 2% to 20%, and beyond
“As I take on the role of immediate
past-President I would like to continue to work to move from 2% to 20%,
speaking at two-day conference themed ‘Maritime Leadership in a Changing
World’, part of the NI’s annual general meeting, which celebrated its golden