Nautical Institute and Seafarers’ Charity join forces for crew welfare

The Nautical Institute announced a new collaboration with The Seafarers’ Charity to develop a new range of training courses aimed at improving the leadership and management skills of seafarers and those working ashore.

This new alliance intends to improve leadership and management abilities while also promoting a shift in cultural norms regarding acceptable workplace behaviors. It is hoped that, in time, this will lead to a reduction in inappropriate behavior onboard and an improvement in seafarers’ mental health and welfare.

They have joined forces to help design three new seafarer training courses that will be accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. The new training courses, which will be available in Summer 2023, will include:

  • Leadership & Management (levels 3 and 5)
  • Coaching & Mentoring (levels 3 and 5)
  • Welfare Toolkit aimed at enhancing resilience.

If we want a culture of care to become the norm for people working at sea, then we need to support an enhancement of leadership skills at sea. Training is an important part of this as it helps seafarers to understand what good leadership looks like.

… said Deborah Layde, Chief Executive of The Seafarers’ Charity

To remind, in December 2022, The Seafarers’ Charity announced that £10 million had been awarded by the Charity to support the safety and welfare of seafarers over the past three years.

Everyone who participates in the courses will develop leadership skills that will be of benefit no matter their rank and their attendance will improve the lives of all working at sea through positive and good management.

… said John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of The Nautical Institute. In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Capt John Lloyd had also pointed out that crew change remains a challenging issue. Although the industry has done significant efforts to tackle the pandemic, we should concentrate more on welfare, he noted.

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