WMU Hosts Seafarer Health and Wellbeing Seminar for GEFO
The long-standing partnership between the World Maritime University (WMU) and Gesellschaft für Oeltransporte mbH (GEFO) reached another milestone with the delivery of a third customized Executive Professional Development Course (EPDC) on Seafarer Health and Wellbeing in 2023. Conducted at WMU headquarters in Malmö, Sweden from 9-12 November, the seminar provided valuable insights to 32 participants from GEFO, including seafarers and the ship management team.
WMU Professor Michael Ekow Manuel and Associate Professor Inga Bartuseviciene led the seminar that aimed to heighten awareness and understanding of personal and organizational factors influencing mental health and wellbeing in the maritime industry. Topics discussed included stressors at sea, social isolation, conflict prevention and resolution, and optimizing wellbeing and mental health at sea from both the organizational and individual perspectives.
Professor Manuel noted that the benefits of customized training for shipping companies are manifold. In the case of GEFO, he said, “They have made a commitment to work towards the continuous enhancement of the working environment and organizational culture of the company, a vision and corporate direction WMU is happy to support, with training, research and other corporate interventions”.
The Malmö session concluded the 2023 Seafarer Health and Wellbeing series planned for GEFO. The first session was held in Manila, Philippines in April and the second in Hamburg, Germany in May. Following the Malmö seminar, WMU and GEFO reiterated their commitment to ongoing collaboration, emphasizing the importance of addressing complex issues in the maritime sector and promoting the wellbeing of seafarers globally.
Since 2014, GEFO has returned to WMU repeatedly for customized EPDCs for their employees. 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.
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