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Addressing crew welfare from industry experts’ perspective

Crew welfare is a key issue; it concerns people onboard. Without crew, ships would not sail and the world would stop; It is known that shipping is responsible for transporting more than 90% of our goods and energy. Crew is the backbone of shipping; therefore, we need to make sure that crew welfare is on top of mind to all of us, experts of the Industry Panel during the 2021 Crew Welfare Week agreed.

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1st Global Conference for Seafarer Mental Health and Wellbeing

1st Global Conference for Seafarer Mental Health and Wellbeing

The 1st Global Conference for Seafarer Mental Health and Wellbeing will take place online on 25-26 May 2021.  This event will bring together global leaders and key stakeholders from the maritime sector who are actively involved and have a keen interest in discussing practical solutions to improving seafarer mental health and wellbeing. The focus will be on interventions and exploring best practice of implementation, monitoring results and identifying what more can be done. In 2020 an industry-wide survey on seafarer wellbeing showed that 54% of seafarers felt they were not being actively helped to manage stress and fatigue. This is with the backdrop of a significant crew-change crisis impacting both seafarers and their families during a tumultuous year. But seafarer mental health and well-being has been an area of concern well before the pandemic, with issues such as isolation, fatigue, and stress being commonly reported. In 2019 the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health found that “significantly more seafarers report being happy or very happy at home than report being happy or very happy on board”. In the same study 55% of employer respondents stated that their companies had not introduced any policies or practices aimed at addressing issues of seafarers’ mental health in ...

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