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Mental Health First Aid: A game changer to improve our seafarers’ lives?

Mental health is an important component of physical wellbeing aboard ship. Yet seafarers have often suffered mental distress alone and isolated due to the stigma attached to mental illness and the lack of understanding in how to react to a seafarer in crisis. In this third of Gard’s series of articles on mental health of seafarers, Sandra Guiguet shares her personal experience and training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

Best practices beyond compliance

During the first SAFETY4SEA Forum in Manila, Mailyn Borillo, President, OSM, discussed the human element, sharing best practices beyond compliance, further…

Thoughts to enhance the training asset

Capt. Yiannis Kapageridis, QA Superintendent, TMS Tankers addresses the topic of training in shipping. As Mr. Kapageridis says, training is crucial, and as such the industry must try to improve its methods and make it a top priority.

Ensuring excellence at sea at all times

During the first SAFETY4SEA Forum in Manila, Vadm Eduardo Ma R. Santos, President, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, provided insight into efficient ways to attract the younger generation in the industry and key challenges that we need to address for the development of competent graduates who shall possess the character, knowledge, and skills necessary for the successful pursuit of a maritime career.

Digitalization and innovation in smart shipping

During the second SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Mr. Jerome Floury, Project Manager, Bureau Veritas Singapore, discussed cyber risks in smart and autonomous shipping, providing an overview of recent cyber-attacks in the maritime industry and the potential motives of hackers. He then shared the key pillars of a proper cyber resilience program and recommendations designed to help ships [and their managers and seafarers] maintain cyber resilience throughout their operational lives.

The situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia

During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), discusses about the maritime crime situation in Asia. As he says, ReCAAP ISC aims to accurately inform about maritime crimes in Asia, while noting that such incidents are declining. Nevertheless, there are still areas of concern in which the situation must improve.

Career Paths: Ulf Siwe, STM Validation

In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Ulf Siwe, STM Communications Officer, Research and Innovation, who expresses his excitement on making a difference in the maritime industry through his expertise in the field of IT, noting that it is important to experience new paths and not be afraid of change.

Career Paths: Sofie Hebeltoft, DFDS

In our special column, we are pleased to host an interview with Mrs Sofie Hebeltoft, CSR Director, DFDS, who passionately discusses of her role in the CSR sector within the shipping industry. As she explains, working on CSR and sustainability has put a new dimension to her business life.

Maritime telehealth and its benefits for people onboard

During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Nanda Kumar Krishnan, CEO & Founder, Evitalz Information Management Pvt. Ltd, gave emphasis on the health of crew on board. As he explains, digitalization and new technologies that have given the possibility for maritime telehealth to evolve, thus helping seafarers. Such technologies bring shore-like services on board, making diagnoses easier.

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