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Digital Maritime Week

Digital Maritime Week to discuss seafarer safety crisis on Day of the Seafarer

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The current seafarer safety crisis will come under the spotlight with a dedicated webinar session during Digital Maritime Week, which runs from 22 – 26 June 2020.

The session, titled “Crew Welfare and the Skills Challenge” and sponsored by Isle of Man Ship Registry and Tapitt, will be broadcast on 25 June and in solidarity with Day of the Seafarer, an IMO initiative that will mark its tenth anniversary this year with its 2020 campaign, titled “Seafarers are Key Workers”.

Nick Chubb, Founder and Director of Thetius, will moderate the 90-minute discussion, which will bring together David Appleton, Professional & Technical Officer, Nautilus; Cameron Mitchell, Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry; Richard Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Tapiit Ltd and Clara Wahnich, Digital Innovations Partnership Lead, Inmarsat. The pandemic-induced concern for seafarer safety will shape the conversation, with consideration given for the subsequent impact on global trade and the potential for technology to be used to ease the deadlock.

“The Isle of Man Ship Registry has been looking at ways to tackle crew wellbeing and mental welfare issues, long before COVID-19 accelerated the need to do so. We are delighted to be asked to share our thoughts on this panel and to offer tangible solutions that IOMSR is investing in to positively influence the lives of our seafarers,” commented Cameron Mitchell, director, Isle of Man Ship Registry.

The success of the first crew change under new Singapore guidelines and the recent announcement from Hong Kong on unrestricted crew changes offers an inkling of optimism towards a revive from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the recent call from ILO for the release of more than 150,000 ‘trapped’ seafarers highlights that for many, the structure of a “new normal” for crew changes still presents a myriad of uncertainty.

“Crew welfare is very much at the heart of everything that Tapiit strives to achieve. As a tech solution company, our aim is to provide crews with access to the latest training through multiple formats by taking a holistic approach in maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of seafarers around the world,” commented Richard Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Tapiit Ltd.

The Crew Welfare and the Skills Challenge webinar is now open for registration, which is both CPD-certified and part of Digital Maritime Week. Digital Maritime Week will be supporting The Mission to Seafarers throughout the week. For further information, visit the Digital Maritime Week website.


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