Port Wings News Network:
Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Deemed to be University, India’s first maritime university for marine related education, training, and research) conducted an International Conference on “Emotional Well-Being of Seafarers Onboard”, at Anna Centenary Library auditorium, Kotturpuram, Chennai, on 27 January 2020.
Dr. J. Ramachandran, Chancellor AMET University presided over the conference and delivered the presidential address. In his address, Dr. J. Ramachandran explained that the purpose of this conference is to draw the attention of the Global shipping industry about the pressing need to address the factors that underline the mental health and well-being of seafarers on-board.
Mr. Kent Paulli, Management Director, Frontline Shipping & SeaTeam Management, Singapore, inaugurated the conference and delivered the chief guest address. In his address, Mr. Kent Paulli reiterated that people should always choose a profession for which they have love and affection. “If they do so, they will not be depressed when they are performing their duty,” said Mr. Kent Paulli.
Shri. Ashish Wankhede, Deputy Director General of Shipping, Directorate General of Shipping, Government of India, gave a special address.
Shri. Ashish Wankhede highlighted the importance of following regulatory bodies’ guidelines to have a stress-free life in ship.
In the technical session, the stalwarts of shipping industry addressed the audience on different topics – Capt. Maulik Hathi, Training manager, PIL on “Seafarers Mental Health and Well Being”, Mr. Satish Kumar, MD, Dockendale Shipmanagement on “Combating Depression at Sea”, Mr. K.S. Padmanabhan, General Manager, Fleet Management India Ltd on “Power Distance and Anger Management”, Capt. Sankalp Shukla, Director, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement on “Fatigue and Loneliness – Double Edge Sword”, and Capt. Sujit Vaidya, Crew Assessment & Global Cadet Management, V. Group on “Cross Cultural Competence”, in which they explained the factors that affect the seafarers’ life and advocated proactive measures to support the emotional well-being of seafarers on-board.
The doyens of shipping participated in a panel discussion titled “Ship owners/Mangers role in on-board harmony”. Capt. Arun Mehta, COO, Thome India Shipping Ltd, chaired the session. Capt. Saurabh Mahesh, Head of Crew Sourcing & Cadet Administration, Maersk; Capt. G. Ramaswamy, CEO, SeaTeam Management India; Ms. Elaine Ng, Cadet Administrator, Maersk; Capt. Dhrub Singh, Fleet Manager-Crewing, Synergy Marine Group – Ship Management, and Shri. Cyril C George, Deputy Chairman, Chennai Port served as members. In the discussion, they elucidated that the leaders’ role is vital to sustain emotional harmony on-board ship.
Capt. Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Suntech Crew Management Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, delivered valedictory address . Dr. Rajesh Ramachandran, Pro Chancellor; Prof. K. Seyadu, Registrar, Ms. Sangeetha Albin, Joint Registrar; Prof. Bhoopathy Bhaskaran, Principal (DGS Courses); Capt. K. Karthik, Vice Principal (DGS Courses) of AMET University, attended the international conference.
Students and faculties of different marine institutions in the country also participated and benefited from this conference. Earlier, Col. Dr. G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor, AMET University, welcomed the gathering. Mr. G.R. Mani, Director, Placement and Strategy, AMET University, delivered the vote of thanks.