The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS), Yale University and Lloyd’s Register Foundation will reveal the early findings of their landmark study of maritime worker health initiatives at London International Shipping Week (LISW). The findings will be discussed during a virtual panel discussion for LISW delegates on Thursday 16th September 2021 from 3.00 – 4.00pm BST.
Mr Ismael Cobos Delgado, Head, Maritime Training and Human Element at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will join key representatives from each of the charity’s partners including Dr Olivia Swift, Senior Programme Manager at Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
The event, ‘Putting Seafarers at the Heart of Shipping’ will appeal to anyone in the industry with an interest in seafarer welfare.
Sandra Welch, SHS Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this event at LISW. We’re currently poised on the edge of a precipice in seafarer wellbeing so there’s no time to lose. Our study will show us what works best for companies and crew and although we won’t have all the results until later in the year, we will certainly have enough to kick start the conversation. This is our opportunity to reach all the major stakeholders so we can begin to work together to address the health and wellbeing needs of seafarers in the most effective way.”
She continued: “For 200 years the Seafarers Hospital Society has been supporting seafarers in need, giving us a unique understanding of the issues at hand. Today we are working with Yale University and Lloyd’s Register Foundation to share that understanding. We want to work together to find effective ways of addressing seafarer welfare in a holistic manner and build bridges between different communities and stakeholders in the process. This certainly resonates with the IMO’s theme for World Maritime Day: ‘Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future’ and we are delighted to have the IMO and the ICS represented on the Panel.”
The full list of panel speakers is:
- Sandra Welch, CEO of Seafarers Hospital Society
- Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping
- Ismael Cobos Delgado, Head, Maritime Training and Human Element at the International Maritime Organisation
- Dr Martin Slade, Director of Research, Yale Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Director of Yale University Maritime Research
- Dr Olivia Swift, Senior Programme Manager of Lloyd’s Register Foundation
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About the study
The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) and Yale University are collaborating on a landmark study to determine the effectiveness of initiatives taken by shipping companies, charities and the wider maritime sector to keep seafarers healthy and safe. Independent global charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation (the Foundation), which has a mission to engineer a safer world, is also working on the project to provide support and expertise in evidence collection with a specific focus on mental health and wellbeing.
This six-month study aims to review existing research and recommendations, identify current practices, determine their coverage across the industry and assess their perceived effectiveness. Results of the study will be disseminated to the global seafarer community to encourage the adoption of best practice and improve seafarer health, safety and wellbeing.