Inmarsat announces seafarers’ welfare event at London International Shipping Week

May 23, 2019

Crew wellbeing event on 11 September to be co-hosted at Inmarsat’s UK HQ with the four LISW-supported maritime charities, including Seafarers UK.

Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has confirmed that it is renewing its support for London International Shipping Week (LISW) when the event returns for its fourth edition from 9 to 13 September 2019.

On 11 September, the four LISW nominated charities will come together to ask the industry to share its thoughts on the impact of technology on crew welfare, with a particular emphasis on mental wellbeing.

As the industry embraces new technologies to make shipping safer, quicker and more environmentally friendly, Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris), Mission to Seafarers, Sailors’ Society and Seafarers UK will draw on their 400+ years of combined experience to explore with industry leaders what the seafarers of the future will need in terms of welfare provision.

The crew welfare event at Inmarsat’s HQ will include a keynote speech from Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd on: ‘How Shipping Can Thrive: Today, Tomorrow and in the Future’. His presentation will examine the importance of seafarer wellbeing to business performance and share examples of technology application, its positive aspects and challenges.

The remainder of the event will see four panel discussions covering how technology can improve life on-board, seafarer mental health and how maritime charities can prepare for the new technology age.

‘Technologies do not operate in a vacuum and extracting their full potential is dependent on the officers and ratings who work and live at sea’ said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime. ‘With its broad scope and global audience, LISW offers an ideal platform to build on the progress made enhancing welfare among the people driving our industry. We are delighted to be co-hosting an event dedicated to crew welfare with the four major maritime charities and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).’

Nigel Shattock, Director of Fundraising & Communications at Seafarers UK, said: ‘The LISW nominated charities and ISWAN are thankful for Inmarsat’s support during London International Shipping Week. LISW is rightly all about strengthening and building commercial relationships, and re-confirming London’s key position within a global network of maritime businesses, regulators and related service industries. All this is built on a successful platform of ship operations, none of which would be possible without the crucial contribution of seafarers themselves. Our charities exist to serve seafarers in times of need, and in so doing we seek to support the maritime sector at large.’

The conference will be followed by ISWAN’s International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards ceremony, which honour the welfare heroes of 2019 (as nominated by seafarers) – see https://www.seafarerswelfareawards.org/.

To find out more about the Crew Welfare event and to register to attend visit https://www2.inmarsat.com/lisw-seafarers-uk