Sexism in Shipping?


A graduate of Fleetwood Nautical Campus has been refused an interview for a Deck Officer position with Wallem Ship Management because she was a woman, the Blackpool Gazette reported.

Sophia Walker had qualified as a Deck Officer and was returning to her old college alongside 10 male peers for an interview, but was told she was better off on a cruise ship in an email that was shared amongst all parties, including the other interviewees.

Sophia Walker said: “Not even getting the interview is blatant gender discrimination and clearly shows that even in the 21st century this kind of thing is still happening in male dominated industries.”

The Port of New York and New Jersey also came under fire recently when the Newark Mayor led a protest against discrimination in hiring practices against women and minorities.

DP World has recently led a drive to employ and train more female employees at both its flagship Jebel Ali Port and London Gateway in Essex, UK.

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