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Maritime charities and industry leaders unite to discuss seafarer welfare priorities during crew crisis

Held as part of London International Shipping Week 2021, The Mission to Seafarers, The Seafarers’ Charity, Sailors’ Society and Stella Maris are hosting a major industry conference on seafarer welfare.

The event will be chaired by John Adams, Vice President of the International Chamber of Shipping and feature four different panels, each exploring the impact of technology on crew welfare, particularly highlighting the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Grahaeme Henderson OBE, Chair of ‘Together in Safety’, will deliver a keynote speech on the impact of technology on crew health and safety.

The panel discussions will focus on a number of different themes. The first will focus on how companies responded to changing welfare needs during 2020 and the measures which will retain best practices going forward. The second panel will include representatives from The Mission to Seafarers and Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS) discussing how to boost mental health digitally.

This will be followed by a session on what investment is needed in crew technology to provide for better welfare provision, what are the obstacles and how this will impact on the bottom line. To conclude, the final discussion will look at technology collaboration as a means of delivering seafarer services and will hosted by representatives from Stella Maris and Isle of Man Ship Registry.

The Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers, commented: “It is clear that the pandemic has severely impacted seafarer welfare and the industry continues to respond to many new and challenging circumstances from crew changes to vaccinations.

“This conference gathers some of the industry’s key voices and provides an opportunity to discuss the welfare issues faced by seafarers, whether the solutions were effective, and what will continue to be a priority in the months to come.

“If we have learnt anything, it’s that technology has been key to providing support, but we must always consider the bigger picture. We look forward to hosting the event on Monday 13th September at London International Shipping Week, and hope many can join us far and wide, unhindered by restrictions.”

Sara Baade, CEO at Sailors’ Society said: “The past year has highlighted more than ever how digital applications can enable us to deliver an effective and broad range of welfare provision for seafarers.

“We are honoured to be holding this timely conference alongside Inmarsat and our fellow maritime charities and are excited to share some of the tried and tested digital welfare solutions available to support seafarers in their careers at sea, both today and beyond Covid-19.”

Catherine Spencer CEO at The Seafarer’s Charity added: “We are pleased to be part of this event once again as it brings together the maritime industry and charities to discuss the importance of crew wellbeing.”

Martin Foley, Stella Maris CEO said: “The pandemic has both changed our ways of working and increased the vital importance of assisting the world’s seafarers as they keep the world supplied.

“Once again, we are delighted to be working alongside Inmarsat and our maritime charity partners on this LISW conference. Our partnership working with corporates in the maritime sector is expanding all the time, and technology continues to play an ever-increasing role in how we care for and support seafarers.”

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Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has released details of its programme for London International Shipping Week 2021, the biennial week-long global shipping and maritime event in London, United Kingdom from 13 to 17 September, 2021.

With in-person events returning to the maritime calendar, Inmarsat’s LISW2021 agenda is headed by the welfare needs of seafarers in the digital age and the role of disruptive technology, at sessions scheduled for Inmarsat headquarters at 99 City Road, London on Monday 13 September 2021 and Tuesday 14 September. Additional guests will also be welcomed online.

“The past year has been one of the most challenging for the industry in modern times and we must never lose sight of the impact the global pandemic has had on seafarers,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime. “Crew changes, testing, vaccinations and certification are all still live issues, and so is the role digital technology has come to play in their physical and mental health.”

Opened by Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers, the event will be chaired by John Adams, Managing Director, V Ships UK. Speakers will include Dr Grahaeme Henderson OBE, Chair of Together in Safety; James Muir, Chief Commercial Officer, Ship Management, V Ships; and Toby Brooks, Deputy Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry.

A separate session will be focused on a presentation of findings from the Inmarsat-sponsored Welfare 2.0 Research Report, with Nick Chubb, Thetius, documenting the impact of technology on the health, well-being and safety of crew onboard. Spithout will also give an overview of investment scenarios for crew welfare technologies, potential obstacles for uptake and bottom-line impacts for shipping.

Four panel sessions are also scheduled, focusing on the realities of crew welfare, digital strategies to boost mental health, and the challenges and opportunities facing the maritime sector as it seeks to provide for better welfare provision.

The second full-day event, scheduled for 14 September, will focus on the role of technology in a disrupted world and is set to feature fresh findings on digitalisation in the maritime sector based on Inmarsat research. The day will include sessions on autonomous ships and a Smart Maritime Network shipowner panel. By popular demand, world-leading futurist Gerd Leonhard also returns to Inmarsat’s event to offer his latest insights on disruptive thinking for the digital maritime era.

“The ongoing acceleration in maritime digitalisation and Internet of Things in the ‘hopefully soon’ post pandemic era, are representing both challenges and opportunities for the various industry stakeholders,” said Spithout. “As we plan our schedule of in-person events for LISW2021 to discuss these topics, I look forward to welcoming our guests to Inmarsat HQ once more on 13th and 14th of September.”



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