Port of Townsville, the leader of diversity in the industry

26 November 2018

The Port of Townsville has won the Diversity Award at last nights’ 23rd Annual Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards in Sydney.

The award seeks to recognise and reward companies in the shipping and maritime logistics industries that embrace fairness and equality.

Chief Executive Office Ranee Crosby said that the awards were a highly anticipated event in the maritime industry calendar.

“Previously Townsville Port was awarded Port of the Year, twice in a row in 2015 and 2016.”

“This year we are thrilled and proud to be the recipient of the newest category, the Diversity Award.”

“We have extensive initiatives and programs in place to support all of our employees to thrive in their careers and personal lives, and we are delighted to be recognised for this by our industry”.

With the first female Chairperson and female Chief Executive Officer in its 154 year operating history and significant representation of women in management roles, Ms Crosby said, “Our record for women in leadership positions is something that the Port is very proud of, but embracing diversity in all its forms, not just gender, is extremely important to our organisation.”

“Diversity is important not just for diversity’s sake, but because it enables us to make better business decisions, to deliver better results, and to ensure we have the skills and knowledge that will move our organisation and industry forward.”

“Ports and shipping by nature are diverse, operating globally across different time zones, involving a variety of customs, languages and skill sets.”

“Our success relies on us having the best mix of people in our team and fostering a culture that treats everyone equality.  Our ability to innovate is driven by engaging individuals from the broadest of backgrounds and experiences, which results in much smarter decisions and more sustainable performance outcomes.”

Lloyd O’Harte from DCN said Maritime logistics is a sector that has been crying out for diversity and some fresh thinking.

“With a board composed of 40% female members and nine women holding senior or management roles, Port of Townsville sets an outstanding example and is a deserving winner of the inaugural Diversity Award”.

Finalists in the category included; 1-Stop Connections, DP World Australia, Port of Brisbane, RivTow Marine and Wayfinder.