The inaugural Maritime Safety Week will be held 9-13 July 2018 and the IMarEST would like to encourage those in the sector to participate in promoting both the week and its cause through any channels available to them.
"Safety is absolutely critical to underpinning success at every level and I want to raise awareness and highlight the excellent work which is already being done in this space by a diverse range of organisations and individuals." says Nusrat Ghani, Minister for Transport and Maritime. "Maritime Safety Week has been created to do precisely that and provide a focal point to recognise your contributions and celebrate success. As an island nation we have always depended on the seafarers, shipping and the wider maritime industry for our prosperity but safety isn’t just a concern for professional mariners who undertake their roles in what are often difficult and dangerous circumstances. All users of the maritime environment, from recreational mariners to casual beach goers, need to understand the risks.We recognise that these groups have very different safety needs and requirements and the scope of Maritime Safety Week is similarly broad.
To succeed, we need your help. Maritime Safety Week will provide an opportunity to share the wealth of knowledge, experience and best practice which you have and to increase understanding of what the sector is already doing to respond to the safety challenges it faces as well as plans for the future. We want to stimulate conversations and make connections under the banner of the Maritime Safety Week logo and the hashtags: #martimesafetyweek and #maritimesafetymatters."
The IMarEST also has a variety of Special Interest Groups linked to safety including Marine Electrical Control Systems Safety SIG, Maritime Cyber Risk Management SIG, Human Element SIG that you can get involved in.