Parliamentarians and representatives at last weeks APPG meeting

A Seafarer Wellness Conference to address human factors in the maritime industry will be held in the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) on Thursday, March 26th. 

National and international speakers include Dr Joanne McVeigh who will talk about psychosocial well-being amongst merchant seafarers – well-being, resilience, job satisfaction and stress; Prof. Mac MacLachlan, 

Editor of Maritime Psychology, Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion and Director of the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning Institute) at Maynooth and previously Chair in Global Health at Trinity; Dr Chris Haughton, Master Mariner, who will talk about the development of a standard for mental health awareness and wellness training for sea and shore staff in the Merchant Navy and Fishing Industry; Dr Rudi Stilz, Consultant Occupational Medicine at Shell Health and Dr Fiona O’Halloran who will address issues around diet and nutrition.

Over 1.5 million seafarers play a vital part in the supply chain which keeps national and international economies operational. Food, fuel, and everyday goods are transported in thousands of ships worldwide, around the clock.  

There is little room for error which could result in loss of life, injury, pollution, and delays. The maritime industry is safety critical and depends on professional people to minimize incidents, including human error.  Leading experts in the area, including medical professionals, psychologists, researchers, and professional seafarers will give presentations, generate discussion, debate and suggest solutions to address the human factors that influence life on board ships.  Topics such as resilience, diet, nutrition, fitness, stress, fatigue, and psychosocial aspects will be presented.  

Maritime stakeholders, medical professionals and anyone interested in human factors will find the conference informative. The Seafarer Wellness conference, organised by the Department of Maritime Studies NMCI/CIT, the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Nautical Institute, will be the first of its kind to be held in Ireland and will set a baseline for the future.  Tickets may be reserved at Eventbrite:

Source: Press Release – Cork Institute of Technology,

The NCMI is set to host a ‘Seafarer Wellness Conference’ in Cork

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