Artemis Technologies hires 70th employee as part of UK’s Women in Maritime pledge

New appointment takes the leading Belfast company’s female engineer count to seven, which makes up 22% of its technical engineering team

By Claire Cartmill
Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, 3:23 pm

Northern Ireland firm, Artemis Technologies has reissued its commitment to increasing diversity in the maritime sector with the landmark signing of the UK’s Women in Maritime pledge.

The significant milestone comes as the world-leading maritime design and applied technologies company welcomes new female engineer as the 70th employee of its Belfast workforce.

Gintare Vaiciuvenaite, former student of the University of Edinburgh, joins Artemis as a graduate embedded software engineer and will work on the further development of the company’s green maritime solutions.

Latest recruit Gintare Vaiciuvenaite alongside other female members of the talented technical engineering team, Cara Dunney, Hanna Berry, Dr. Katrina Thompson, Alice Szalajski and Wanda Chan

As part of an ongoing recruitment drive by Artemis, in which it aims to grow its workforce to more than 100 employees in 2022, Gintare’s appointment takes the firm’s female engineer count to seven, which forms 22% of the company’s technical engineering team.

With latest figures from EngineeringUK reporting that just 16.5% of all engineering roles across the UK are occupied by women, the impressive female tally at Artemis Technologies shows the maritime experts are outperforming its counterparts when it comes to gender diversity and opening doors for women in a traditionally male-dominated environment.

Debbie Eve, director of People at Artemis Technologies, said: “As we continue on our mission towards maritime decarbonisation, it’s key that we have the right people in the right roles to drive us forward on that journey. Gintare, attracted by our recent advancements in marine technology and the waves our vessels are making in the industry, joins our team with an admirable skillset and ambitions to contribute to the further development of our transformative technology.

“Whilst her addition keeps us on course to reach our year-end milestone of 100 employees in Belfast, it also increases the female representation within our workforce, showcasing the great opportunities for women in our industry.

Gintare Vaiciuvenaite, former student of the University of Edinburgh, joins Artemis as a graduate embedded software engineer

“The percentage of female engineers making up the workforce at Artemis Technologies is significantly stronger than other industry counterparts, and that is something we are incredibly proud of, but we know we can always do more. By becoming a signatory of the Women in Maritime pledge, we vow to continue championing gender diversity, at all levels, in our organisation and the maritime industry as a whole.”

Speaking of her new role within Artemis, Gintare, added: “Artemis Technologies is an organisation renowned for its innovation and one which will undoubtedly have a real and tangible difference in the global fight against climate change.

“To be able to play a part in that and learn from experts in the field of marine technology is an absolute dream come true for me and I look forward to fruitful career as part of the Artemis team.”

Established in 2017, Artemis Technologies is the lead partner of the Belfast Maritime Consortium, a 13-member syndicate which brings together a range of established and young firms, academia and public bodies to design and build zero-emission high-speed vessels in the city.

Harnessing knowledge that combines technology from the America’s Cup and motorsport, Artemis Technologies recently launched a range of workboats powered by the unique Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system.

The successful launch is the first phase of multiple vessel launches for Artemis Technologies, with further workboats, crew transfer vessels, and city to city passenger ferries in development.