WMU Delivers Health and Wellbeing Seminar in Hamburg for GEFO

The World Maritime University (WMU) and Gesellschaft für Oeltransporte mbH (GEFO) further strengthened their longstanding partnership with the second successful delivery in 2023 of a customized Executive Professional Development Course (EPDC) on Seafarer Health and Wellbeing. Delivered in Hamburg from May 24-25, the seminar provided valuable insights to 30 participants from GEFO, including seafarers and the ship management team.

The seminar was led by WMU Professor Michael Ekow Manuel and Assistant Professor Inga Bartuseviciene. The aim of the seminar was to enhance awareness and understanding of personal and organizational factors that influence mental health and wellbeing in the maritime industry.

The successful delivery in Hamburg marks the second of three sessions of the Seafarer Health and Wellbeing seminar planned for GEFO in 2023, with the first taking place in Manila, Philippines in April. The final seminar will be held at the WMU headquarters in Malmö, Sweden this coming fall. 

Following the successful delivery of the Seafarer Health and Wellbeing course in Hamburg, both WMU and GEFO reaffirmed their commitment to continued collaboration to further strengthen the maritime sector by addressing complex issues and fostering the wellbeing of seafarers worldwide.

GEFO has returned to WMU repeatedly for customized EPDCs for their employees since 2014. Customized offerings include courses on Maritime Safety, Emergency Management According to ISM Code, Maritime Safety Management and Handling of Operational Risk, Improving the Implementation of the ISM Code, Ship Safety Management and Accident Investigation, Safety Leadership, and Safety Optimization / Human Element. The Seafarer Health and Wellbeing course was also delivered on location for GEFO employees in Gdansk, Poland and in Malmö, Sweden in 2022.

For information about WMU's Executive and Professional Development Courses, click here.

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