For the second year running, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) and iconic cruise line Cunard have combined to celebrate International Women’s Day on-board Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 to recognise the valuable contribution of women in the maritime sector.
Over 110 guests – predominantly women from across the Port of Brisbane precinct – joined Queensland Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail, Kate Jones, PBPL Chairman Jerry Maycock, and Carnival Australia Chief Financial Officer, Anita Hoskins at the event.
PBPL Chief Operating Officer, Peter Keyte, thanked the Queensland Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Kate Jones, and Cunard, one of seven distinctive cruise lines that Carnival Australia represents in this market, as well as the Port of Brisbane’s customers and guests for their support of the event.
“Today’s event, ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday, was an opportunity to come together and celebrate women in our industry while also sharing the insights and experiences of highly regarded industry professionals,” said Mr Keyte.
“That said, we know there is a level of difficulty in attracting women to a career in maritime. Our responsibility is to question why these barriers exist, find a way to remove them and help connect women with opportunities available in our industry.
“At Port of Brisbane, we’re on that journey. We are particularly proud that over the last 12 months, we have worked hard to attract more women into our business and we’re continuing to ensure we have the right programs and policies in place to support women throughout their careers, and at all levels.
“But our focus has also continued to evolve. We are striving to make our workplace more inclusive and equal right across the board – whether that’s gender, race or sexual orientation.
“That’s why, in June last year, we launched our employee-led Diversity and Inclusion Council. So we can hear – not assume – the different experiences and perspectives from across the organisation to help us effect change across our business in a meaningful way.
“While all the above are a source of pride for PBPL, they are merely early steps of a long journey we have ahead of us.”
Carnival Australia Chief Financial Officer, Anita Hoskins said celebrating International Women’s’ Day was an excellent occasion to focus on gender equality in the maritime sector so that more women had an opportunity to pursue career options where traditionally women have been under represented.
“As a cruise organisation, a number of women are in senior onboard management roles in the hotel operations area but we are also striving to increase opportunities in deck officer roles and other areas of working life at sea. This is a work in progress and we look forward to contributing to significant improvement over time.”
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Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd
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