Maritime industry leaders urged to continue to improve seafarer welfare and well-being

Mayne also mentioned: “Global shipping depends on over a million seafarers and therefore we must continue to lobby governments and other stakeholders for wider recognition of seafarers. as key workers to enable them to overcome the travel ban, embarkation and disembarkation issues. restrictions or suspension of travel documents, all of which have strained working conditions in the global shipping industry.

The hybrid event brought together maritime industry leaders, seafarers ashore and aboard, including members of various bodies such as the Nautical Institute, Institute of Marine Engineers, Institute of Surveyors Maritimes, the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers and the IACS Class Societies and Flag Authorities.

The event scored over 1,600 views on YouTube during its live stream. Additionally, approximately 20 crew members from each vessel in the Tristar fleet attended the event.

Keynote speakers were Cerian Mellor, Seafarers’ Welfare Program Coordinator at Shell; Andy Bowerman, regional director for the Middle East and South Asia at The Mission to Seafarers; Manit Chander, CEO of HiLo Maritime Risk Management; Joy Basu, CEO of SmartShip; and Sanjay Verma, Decarbonization Solutions at Wartsila. They also participated in a round table after their respective presentations.

The Neptune Declaration was discussed and most panelists agreed that little had been done to actually achieve its goals. A question from the audience was raised as to how the conference would ensure that the action would be carried out. Then, Chris Kirton, Managing Director of V.Group of International Tanker Management (ITM), who was one of the panelists for the first session, volunteered: “I pledge on behalf of V. Group to get things done with Neptune’s statement, I’m happy to do that.