The ship management company, V.Group shake hands with Sailors’ Society in order to collaborate and produce a guide focused on the positive role that Masters can play in ensuring crew wellbeing.
In fact, the 28-page guide goals to boost Masters’ determining role concerning seafarers’ wellness onboard.
Based on the signs and the symptoms that are presented when seafarers suffering from poor mental health and wellbeing, the guidelines will set practical measures that can be followed to respond and assist crew.
At the same time, there will be also included practices on how to create a working environment that enhances positive wellbeing.
During this pandemic, a key priority has been the wellbeing of our crew. As the crisis has developed, our concern for our seafarers’ physical and mental wellbeing has been higher than ever. We believe that equipping our seafarers with the right tools and information can have a significant impact, resulting in the development of this guide.
….Mike Bradshaw, Group Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment, Quality (HSEQ), V.Group. said.
With the shipping industry surrounded by 1.6 million seafarers, which deliver 90% of the world’s goods, the “human element” needs to be valued, supported and invested in if it is to be an effective force within the industry.
The nature of a life at sea, far from home and with long contracts, can be incredibly challenging and the current pandemic is exacerbating the strain many seafarers are under.We trust that this practical guide will enable Masters to better support their crew and help them stay physically and mentally fit for the pressures they face every day.
…Johan Smith, Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme manager, noted.
Overall, speaking of crewmembers’ wellbeing, SAFETY4SEA conducted a survey aiming to assess the five key aspects of wellness for people working onboard: Social, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual. Overall, the outcome was better than expected, with seafarers achieving high satisfaction scores in many sections.