The Mentoring Seafarers Project recognises the importance of mentoring in developing people's skills, improving their welfare and safety. The project explores various mentoring schemes within shipping companies internationally.

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It aims to raise awareness for sustainable mentoring initiatives and encourage best practice to ensure long-term benefits in education and well-being are considered for the seafaring community.

InterManager Secretary-General Capt Szymanski, noted:

To ensure out seafarers are doing the most effective job, it is important they are given the necessary support to overcome these. However, it is important to remember seafaring is a very rewarding and fulfilling job. Similar to other industries, mental health is a challenge that must be supported and not ignored. I welcome the IMO’s excellent campaign this year.

At a glance, the objectives of the Mentoring Seafarers' Project are the following:

  • Review the value of mentoring and its current place within the seafaring community.
  • Demonstrate how mentoring can help and support the seafaring community from a welfare, safety and economic perspective.
  • Conduct an international shipping company audit of current mentoring schemes.
  • Development of a report to highlight the best practices of mentoring on board, and other tools to disseminate and highlight best practice and awareness of it to the industry.