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WISTA UK Diwali in the city event
WISTA UK diwali in the city event

The WISTA UK Diwali in the city event and talk about the festival of lights. Which brought together #womenwhomovetheworld #womenleaders and supporters (Kevin Cooper and Roberto Peroni ). Always a delight to bring together friends and celebrate all together. Thank you all for coming and happy Diwali!

And a big thank you to Monica Kohli Senior Lawyer from Gard for organising it for WISTA UK

World Maritime Day theme 2019: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”
September 7, 2018

“Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. This will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector.

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 120th session at IMO Headquarters in London, endorsed the theme, following a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

“IMO has a strong commitment to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and continues to support the participation of women in both shore-based and seagoing posts, in line with the goals outlined under SDG 5: ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’,” Mr Lim said.

“This theme will give IMO the opportunity to work with various maritime stakeholders towards achieving the SDGs, particularly SDG 5, to foster an environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes and to encourage more conversation for gender equality in the maritime space,” Mr. Lim said.

Read the full article here 

The future of British ports

Britain’s maritime sector has always evolved to keep pace with the latest technological innovations. Record-setting tea clippers like Cutty Sark were replaced as sail was superseded by steam-powered vessels, which could carry more cargo, further, faster than ever before and through all weathers. Today, in this digital age, we work in an era of satellite-guided ‘megaships’ such as the vast Milan Maersk, which can carry more than 20,500 shipping containers and visited ABP’s Port of Southampton for the first time last November. Accommodating these immense new vessels is just the latest adaptation that the ports sector has had to absorb, as advancing technology continues to present us with new challenges, but also new opportunities.

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Interview: Commissioner Vella opens sails for sustainability
August 2, 2018

From the increasing threat of marine litter to the cruise industry – Europe boasts a booming year-round cruise destination, it is no wonder the European Union is seeking to boost its international ocean governance.

In an exclusive interview with European Interest, European Commissioner Karmenu Vella outlines his objectives. Sustainability is the buzz word.

In charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Vella notes that the EU is leading efforts to reduce single-use plastics (more than 80% of marine litter is plastics). He is also busy addressing the bottlenecks to the sustainable future of the cruise industry before the end of his mandate.

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IMO hosts event under Women in Maritime programme to train female officials

IMO is continuing its ongoing efforts to ensure women can reach top ranks in the maritime sector, through its Women in Maritime programme.

IMO is continuing its ongoing efforts to ensure women can reach top ranks in the maritime sector, through its Women in Maritime programme. The latest event was a two-week training course for female officials from maritime and port authorities of developing countries, in Le Havre, France (11-22 June).

At the Institut Portuaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER), 23 female officials from 14 developing countries* had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of port management and operational efficiency. They also took part in lectures on a variety of port matters including management, security, marine environment, marketing, tariffs and logistics as well as facilitation of maritime traffic, ship/port interface and concession contracts.

Delivered in French, organized visits to the Port of Le Havre and the Port of Rouen, enabled participants to experience for themselves the day-to-day operations of a port, with a view to applying this knowledge back in their respective countries.

The event was delivered through IMO’s gender and capacity-building programme, in collaboration with the Le Havre Port Authority. It comes as part of IMO’s continuous efforts to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Demand for this course has continued to grow substantially over the past three years, however further funding will need to be secured to keep up with the increased demand.

Source: Devdiscourse

Unconscious Bias

A UK Meeting Unconscious Bias

“I thoroughly enjoyed the WISTA UK seminar on Unconscious Bias, presented by Brook Graham and hosted by Reed Smith. The topic was both interesting and thought-provoking and certainly received a lot of audience engagement and a few laughs as well. WISTA UK events provide a unique lens on the international shipping industry and I have always found them very useful in terms of content and networking.!

Read more about the event here in Helen’s Opinion Pieced in Lloyd’s List


Helen Kelly Article Lloyd's List June 2018

October Newsletter



October 2016

Welcome to our newsletter


New WISTA UK Website

WISTA UK has launched its new website, members should have received an email with a link to log in and update their passwords and profiles, if you can’t find it please contact us and we will resend it. The new website will become a vital part of WISTA UK building an online community as well as the physical one, we will have discussion groups, online networking and a market place.



Reminder: 2016 WISTA international AGM!

Just a quick reminder that the AGM this year is being hosted by WISTA USA onboard the MS Koningsdam, departing Fort Lauderdale on 9 November 2016.

For further details and to register for the AGM please visit the WISTA website at:  http://www.wista2016international.com/

Diary dates!
3 November 
Drinks, WISTA UK Liverpool, venue tbc

15 November WISTA UK London – Joint Networking with Time & Tide After Hours – National Maritime (NMDG) 
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
The Old Tea Warehouse, 4-8 Creechurch Lane, London EC3A 5AY
Cost: Free

9-13 November WISTA International AGM and Conference, MS Koningsdam

£1.5m raised for OSCAR

Hundreds of shipping luminaries joined forces at the 3rd annual Dragon Boat Race on 16 September to raise money for the OSCAR Campaign and brought the total funds raised to an incredible £1.5million target. 19 teams took to dragon boats on the Thames, racing each other and competing for the coveted winner’s medals. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register and Liberian Registry, the event was a resounding success.
The biggest fundraisers of the day were Union Maritime and Scorpio, each raising over £21,000. But the winning team – in gruelling windy conditions on a chilly Thames – were the North of England P&I Club.

Photos of the 2016 event can be found at:


Mapping a maritime career

On 12 October, WISTA Southampton held an event at Southampton Solent University to discuss careers at sea and what can be done to attract more people into the shipping industry.

Students studying maritime courses at Southampton Solent and Plymouth Universities joined industry representatives from entities including SeaVision, Lloyds Register, Human Rights at Sea and IMS Shipping to discuss what young people need and expect when making decisions about maritime careers.

For a full story of the event see: https://www.solent.ac.uk/news/school-of-maritime-science-and-engineering/2016/maritime-careers-wista

Meet a member!

Héra Mpondo – Mines & Metals Risk Analyst at Anglo American

Hera is a Risk Specialist within the Mining industry. She focuses on Base and Precious metals
trading at Anglo American where she is in charge of risk measurement for Thermal Coal, Platinum and Copper markets.

Her experience has included several Consulting positions, where she specialized in advising investment banking institutions and trading & shipping houses on their risk management tools and policies.

Hera holds an MBA from the University of Geneva where she specialized in Commodity Trading and Shipping and she also achieved a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Commodity Trading from the Geneva School of Economics and Management.

Hera is a member of the CTA Alumni association, a group related to the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association which aims at promoting networking among its members and between its members and the trading and shipping industry worldwide. 





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