Women in Marine Industry
Seawork will celebrate Women in the Marine Industry with a networking event in 2019 - offering women working in the commercial marine industry the opportunity to get together, network and learn about key industry developments
This year's (2018) speakers at the Women in the Marine Industry networking event, sponsored by Barton Marine, were:
Katy Ware, Director of Maritime Safety and Standards & Permanent Representative of the UK to the IMO, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) runs a global programme on the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector and is making a concerted effort to support the industry to help women achieve a representation within it that is more in keeping with twenty-first century expectations.
Suzanne Blaustone, CEO, Barton Marine Equipment Ltd
While many people know Barton Marine for its extensive range of leisure marine products, CEO Suzanne Blaustone, has led Barton’s strategy to develop a range of commercial marine applications including stainless steel industrial snatch blocks, track systems and traveller cars which aid easy movement, sliding roofs, or deployment of loads on deck. Special programs with commercial marine partners have led to the design of Man OverBoard systems, curved track to specification for new builds and refits, and its new design, Block on a Strop, a mobile pulley that enables lifting and moving of loads in marinas, outdoor events or construction sites.
Following the loss of her partner, David Coleman, Suzanne made the very difficult decision to take over as CEO of Barton Marine. Over the last four years, she has been a catalyst to the success and development of the Whitstable-based, deck hardware company, and last year launched the most extensive product line in the company’s history – the sleek new Barton Block Range. Coupled with a dedicated workforce – many of whom have been with the company for almost 20 years – Suzanne attributes the success of the company to their expertise, understanding of their customer demographic and demands, and sheer dedication.