A networking event aimed at bringing women working in the maritime industry together was held in Dampier last week. Organised by Dampier Seafarers Centre, Women in Maritime, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association Australia and Smashed Glass, the event saw women from Rio Tinto, Pilbara Ports Authority, vessel officers and marine cadets coming together to network. WISTA Australia vice president Kerryn Woonings said the event empowered women in the maritime industry. “We represent only a small part of the key players in the industry and we get somewhat lost in quagmire of what is traditionally a very male-dominated industry,” she said. “Most of the people here tonight do not know each other and not realising how big your network is, it’s phenomenal and I’m meeting so many amazing women who have achieved a lot in their careers in a really short time.” Ms Woonings said it was also important to support women in regional areas. “You’ve got huge marine contingent in some of the major cities in Australia and around the world but not so many people reaching out to the women in regional communities,” she said. “For me it was important to be here to let them know that WISTA can provide them with an outlet and an opportunity to connect with women all around the country.” Dampier Seafarers Centre manager Momette Gunda said she was proud to have women in the industry. “The women in the maritime industry already has a niche and they already have a role to play and it’s a very big role,” she said.