I suppose, traditionally, the ports industry wasn’t seen as a natural destination of choice for career women.

The popular images of working docks have always been regarded as a male preserve but, in the same way square riggers no longer ply our trade routes, men-only ports and harbours – if they ever existed – are certainly not a fact of life today. For an island nation, it is hardly surprising that we are reliant on ships. Around 95 percent of everything we import and export moves on the sea.

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