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New sponsor and speakers announced for ISWAN Seminar in Mumbai

July 29, 2019
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ISWAN has announced UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, as the Platinum Sponsor for its 2019 Seminar and added a host of new speakers to the programme.

ISWAN has announced UK P&I Club as the Platinum Sponsor for its 2019 Seminar on ‘Working together to protect and promote the mental wellbeing of seafarers’, to be held in Mumbai this November. UK P&I Club is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, having supported its Members in managing risk, preventing loss and enhancing safety at sea since 1869.

Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, said: 'We are extremely pleased the UK P&I Club is sponsoring ISWAN’s seminar on mental wellbeing in Mumbai in November. This sponsorship demonstrates the Club’s ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of seafarers all over the world, and its dedication to promoting the importance of protecting the mental and physical health of crews at sea.'

Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Programme Director at UK P&I Club, said: 'We have a strong heritage and commitment to improving crew health for marine workers, who operate in a unique and testing environment. This ISWAN seminar is an exceptional opportunity to further stimulate dialogue and debate about mental wellbeing among seafarers and to raise awareness of one of the most crucial issues affecting the workers in our industry.'

ISWAN has also revealed part of the exciting line-up of speakers for this year’s seminar:

Amitabh Kumar, IRS, Director General of Shipping, India
Chief Guest

Jason Zuidema, Executive Director at the North American Maritime Ministry Association
Are seafarers different – what are the structural factors that have a negative impact on the mental wellbeing of seafarers?

Dr Sujata Naik, Chairperson at Tolani Shipping and Vice Chairperson at Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA)
Jorgen Gullestrup, Chief Executive Officer at MATES in Construction
Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrist
Dr Santosh Loganathan, Additional Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)
Speaker from the Indian Navy (to be confirmed)
Learning from other sectors – what are they doing?

Sanjam Gupta, Founder Member and President Emeritus of WISTA India
How sexual harassment impacts negatively on women seafarers’ mental wellbeing

Ann Ollestad, Consul General at the Norwegian Consulate in Mumbai
Working together to find solutions and sharing of best practices

More speakers will be announced as the event draws closer.

ISWAN’s 2019 Seminar will take place on Tuesday 19 November at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel in Mumbai, India. Attendance is free and all are welcome. To see the full agenda and register for the seminar, please click here.

Would your company or organisation be interested in sponsoring this event? To find out more, please contact Chirag Bahri: chirag.bahri@iswan.org.uk.

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