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Of approximately 2,000 bunkering personnel in the UK, 26% are women, of which around 15% occupy positions such as graduate roles, administration and purchasing.

These figures are also consistent with the rest of the world, says Jenna Coles, Head of Maritime at Advanced Resource Managers.

Speaking during the Women in Bunkers webinar hosted by LQM today (15 October), Coles also noted that women hold fewer years’ experience and have a lower median salary than their male counterparts.

Of the 26% of women working in the bunker industry, 9% currently compete at mid- and senior level positions, said Coles.

In the context of the wider shipping sector, such as marine engineering, commercial shipping and seagoing positions, the number of female applicants ‘are much lower’, she said.

‘When we look at our applications for roles over the last 12 months, we’ve received in excess of 5,000 applications of which only 10% have been from women,’ said Coles.

‘There is a larger industry problem here,’ said Coles. ‘Bunkering isn’t excelling, but it’s certainly doing better than the rest of the market put together.’

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