International Maritime Human Rights Conference

on Tuesday, 26 April 2016. Posted in Petrospot News

The inaugural International Maritime Human Rights conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from industry experts how the shipping industry is taking a proactive and holistic approach in addressing the welfare and concerns of seafarers and fishers.

In one of four sessions, Maritime Welfare, chaired by Barry Bryant, Director General of Seafarers UK, conference delegates will hear from Martin Foley of the Apostleship of the Sea how welfare organisations are responding to the urgent and wide-ranging needs of seafarers, while Kuba Szymanski of InterManager will explain the key role of shipmanagers in affording essential protection to their crews.

A life at sea is tough and challenging, and can take its toll on the psychological health and wellbeing of its workers. Recent news reports have highlighted the growing problem of displaced and distressed people making perilous journeys across the sea to seek places of safety. However, as Norman Schmiedl of Columbia Shipmanagement will explain, the impact on crewmembers involved in such rescue missions can also be profound and long-lasting. Professor Neil Greenberg of March on Stress will also discuss the ground-breaking work which is being done in making psychological support, education and training more widely available to seafarers and fishers.

The IMHR conference and dinner is generating strong interest from across the shipping industry, and spaces are filling up fast.

To sign up for this important and must-attend event in the maritime calendar, and to see the impressive speaker line-up of industry leaders and human rights advocates, click here.