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Wellness at Sea Conference 2018 - book now for just £99 (+VAT)

Following on from the success of the inaugural Wellness at Sea Conference, held in January 2017 in Singapore, Sailors’ Society will be delivering its second Wellness at Sea Conference in 2018.

To be held in London on 16 March 2018, at 99 City Road Conference Centre, the event aims to address crew wellness as an holistic approach and how this impacts on the health of the ship and ultimately the health of the ship owners balance sheet.

Presentations from academics and industry experts will look in depth at all aspects of crew wellness, including physical, emotional, intellectual and social. We will deliver results of recent research and also focus in on how ship operations impact on crew morale and retention including ship safety, digital communications and cyber awareness.

What the delegates say…

Find out why WASC is a must attend event.

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“This lively and interactive conference is a must-attend event for ship owners and those concerned with the recruitment and retention of crews.”

Stuart Rivers, CEO, Sailors’ Society

Delegate Pass includes

  • Presentations from industry experts and academics
  • Breakout discussions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Live polls
  • Coffee breaks and buffet lunch
  • Drinks reception and canapés

Meet the steering group

A steering group of industry specialists has been recruited to help shape and advise on the content of the event, as well as to influence the speaker programme.

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Session Speaker(s)
08:30 Breakfast and registration

Chair's remarks


Keynote address

Healthy seafarer, healthy ship, healthy balance sheet.

In his keynote address, Paddy Rodgers will give his view on Wellness at Sea and what this means to the maritime world. He will set the scene for a day which will look at all aspects of crew wellness and explore how the ship owner can take positive steps towards achieving a healthy crew, healthy ship and healthy balance sheet.


Wellness at Sea programme overview

How a seafarer experiences life at sea, how he or she reacts to an incident are related to him or her as an organised whole, a multi-dimensional human being. Training of seafarers has traditionally been one-dimensional, focusing merely on the ‘occupational’ aspect of their role. Competent seafarers have always been defined as people who have good navigational or engineering skills. However, these skills are often lacking in dealing with the realities and complexities of life at sea. Wellness at Sea was developed in response to a call from within the industry to address this often overlooked skill set. In this session, Johan Smith gives an overview of Sailors’ Society’s programme.


Wellness in depth

Introduction and live poll.


Physical wellness

Seafarer health, the root causes of common illness and injury and how to prevent them.

Dr. Lefkowitz will review findings from the recent Seafarer Wellness Survey. The data provides a window into the working lives of seafarers, from work hazards to work culture, informing opportunities for wellness and disease prevention in this essential yet understudied global workforce.


Emotional wellness

Mental health at sea

10:50 Networking and BySea coffee break

Social wellness

Managing conflicts, cultural differences and the generation gap


Intellectual wellness

Raising standards above and beyond the MLC, 2006.

This session will explore the MLC, 2006 from three different perspectives – the regulators, the insurers and the seafarers – and discuss what the industry can do to raise standards above and beyond the convention.

11:50 Q&A
12:00 Breakout discussion
12:20 Lunch and networking break
13:05 Feedback on breakout discussion

Efficiency and the bottom line

Intro and live poll


Good ship leadership


Emotional wellness versus loss prevention

Mental health and emotional wellness are subjects which receive ongoing interest in the maritime press and, sadly, it is not always for the best reasons. Ship owners and operators receive a multitude of loss prevention advice on how their ships can be safer and more technically efficient. However, it is often missed that the most valuable asset on board is the crew and as such their needs must be a priority. Is there more to be done in terms of loss prevention to enhance the emotional wellbeing of the crew? What can happen if you ignore these issues? What are the likely benefits for ship owners and operators? Let us discuss the possibilities.


The role of telemedicine in ship efficiency

14:20 Q&A
14:25 Breakout discussion
14:45 Networking and BySea coffee break
15:05 Feedback on breakout discussion

Panel debate

What’s next for crew welfare?

This lively panel debate will ask the broader question – what’s next for crew welfare? – while focussing on some of the current thinking of what might impact on seafarers now and in the future. Autonomous shipping, cyber security and increasing connectivity to name a few. This session will focus on what might be missing from our current thinking about taking care of our crews.



Intro and live poll.


Navigating everyday connectivities on board

Dr Rikke Jensen will draw on recent empirical findings emerging from a pilot study with seafarers on board container ships in European waters. This study was commissioned in order to offer a more nuanced understanding of how the multi-layered and digitally facilitated connections, relations and networks, enabled through increasingly connected ships, affect social isolation and cohesion of crews. In particular, the research explores the potential to better harness everyday uses of technology to increase cohesion and well-being amongst seafarers and their wider community. Through a number of creative engagements with seafarers, during long periods at sea, we explore how the reworking of sailor lives and living is producing feelings of distance and isolation, but also togetherness and community. The presentation will conclude with some early recommendations for employers and support organisations emerging from the research; recommendations about how best to use mobile and internet technology to increase cohesion and well-being among seafarers, which is central to crew retention, recruitment and to safe and efficient ship operations.


The future of on board communications – what can technology enable?


Innovative technology improving seafarer wellness and vessel wellness




Chair's closing remarks


​A networking drinks reception will follow until 8pm

2017-03-28 08:30:00 2017-03-28 20:00:00 Europe/London Wellness at Sea Conference 2018 Following on from the success of the inaugural Wellness at Sea Conference, held in January 2017 in Singapore, Sailors’ Society will be delivering its second Wellness at Sea Conference in 2018. 99 City Road Conference Centre, Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX Sailors Society

Location - 99 City Road Conference Centre

99 City Road Conference Centre
99 City Road