The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has recognised Tapiit Live's mental wellbeing course as contributing to continuing professional development (CPD). The course delivers training through a ‘virtual classroom’ where seafarers are able to interact with the course tutors and ask questions in real time.
IMarEST's Chief Executive, Gwynne Lewis said: “The team at Tapiit Live understands the importance of supporting seafarers’ mental health preventatively, and the Institute is delighted to have recognised this course as contributing to professional development. Every single person in the industry should be made aware of the issues surrounding mental well-being at sea. This training will go a long way in raising that awareness and in beginning conversations around how we can improve. The IMarEST itself will be hosting the 1st Global Conference on Seafarer Mental Health & Wellbeing to explore these timely and complicated issues further.”
Further, the UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance to the international shipping community, has rolled out the training to its own loss prevention team and believes the course not only supports seafarer wellbeing, but also lowers onboard risk.
Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Programme Director, at the UK P&I Club, says: “The physical and mental health of the ship’s crew has been a key focus point of the UK P&I Club Crew Health team. The importance of education and awareness in matters of poor health continues to be a priority.
“The Crew Health team regularly reviews and explores new areas and opportunities for collaboration with industry experts on crew health matters. We are very pleased to have sampled this mental well-being training through our partnership with Tapiit Live. We endorse and recommend the wellbeing suite of training modules to our members as an excellent tool to raise awareness and promote innovative thinking and open discussion on this key topic.”
Richard Turner, Tapiit Live CEO, says the IMarEST recognition and The UK P&I Club endorsement mark important milestones: “These two significant and prestigious industry endorsements signify a greater awareness of the need to support seafarer mental health and will help us to communicate its vital importance to the industry,” he explains.
“Mental well-being training should not be a reactive response to poor mental health, but instead should be proactively undertaken by the maritime employers as a preventative and supportive measure.”
Tapiit Live’s mental well-being training is an important part of a new agreement with Inmarsat, that will see Tapiit Live deliver interactive, livestreamed training to nearly 10,000 ships on Inmarsat’s Fleet Express service.
Find out more about getting CPD-recognition for your training programme or event through the IMarEST.