WISTA Denmark, one of the largest and most active chapters of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, has celebrated its 25th anniversary with a pledge to build on its outward-looking strategy, especially by way of developing links in the Nordic region and promoting diversity in the maritime industry.
Members gathered for a special evening at one of Copenhagen’s most historic buildings, Søkvæsthuset, a former naval hospice in the Christianshavn district.
WISTA Denmark president Irene Rosberg reviewed in brief what the organisation has achieved in the past few years in seeking to give members the strategic tools necessary to face the challenges of the industry. Ms Rosberg said that the aim was to provide them with the relevant know-how through WISTA events and company visits.
She emphasised that as a result of the positive feedback received from members, “we shall be expanding our activities to focus further on our WISTA Nordic alliance with colleagues in Norway, Sweden and Finland.” She said that the regional collaboration had been of great value so far and would play an important part in future activities.
WISTA Denmark has attracted as members female executives from throughout the shipping industry and continues to welcome newcomers whose background and professional profile can enhance the group’s diversity and the networking possibilities.
At the anniversary event, two of WISTA Denmark’s greatest individual supporters – Helle Gleie and Marianne Sørensen, who were members of the first WISTA Denmark board – took those present “along memory lane” with an entertaining account of how the Danish section came about.
Members of WISTA Denmark are conscious of their nation’s role in the global shipping industry, as it is home to the world’s largest shipping company, AP Møller-Mærsk Group, many other leading operators and managers, marine equipment manufacturers, ship supply companies, an offshore and ‘green’ sector comprising 230 companies, advanced technology and communications companies, services including legal and insurance, and organisations including BIMCO.
Some 10% of all seaborne traded goods globally is carried in the fleet operated by Danish shipping companies, it has been calculated.
WISTA Denmark has thrived in the last quarter century along with, in broad terms, the merchant shipping sector. According to the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Danish-flagged tonnage alone has tripled in terms of gross tonnage in the past two decades, and foreign exchange earnings have increased fivefold.
The Danish maritime cluster accounts for direct and indirect employment of more than 100, 000 of the private workforce in Denmark.
WISTA members reported that they had a perfectly organised, delightful dinner at Søkvæsthuset and enjoyed rounding off the evening with music and dance!