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WesCom congratulates Sailors’ Society for double award win

Sailors Society Deputy CEO Sandra Welch and Sarah Summers Partnerships manager

WesCom Signal and Rescue congratulates international maritime charity, Sailors’ Society on winning not one but two Safety at Sea Awards.

Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea e-learning programme won the best crew welfare programme award, while Manoj Joy, the charity’s Community Development Manager in Chennai, India, received the unsung hero award.

WesCom Signal and Rescue sponsored the Wellness at Sea Conference in spring 2018.

Chris Feibusch, Director of Global Marketing and Communications for WesCom Signal and Rescue, is an ambassador for Sailors’ Society. He says, “Marine safety is of paramount importance. WesCom and Sailors’ Society believe that crew safety should be taken extremely seriously and that it is a vital part of crew welfare. We congratulate Sailors’ Society on these well-deserved awards.”

Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society Deputy Chief Executive Officer, says, “Seafarers are at the centre of world trade and these awards highlight how important it is that they be valued, supported and invested in.”

The Wellness at Sea e-learning platform won the award for helping to protect crew well-being and raising important safety issues.

The platform, launched earlier this year, is an online version of the Society’s Wellness at Sea coaching programme, which helps seafarers to improve their on-board health by exploring five different aspects of wellness and their impact on the safe running of a ship.

Sandra Welsh says, “The Wellness at Sea e-learning platform gives thousands of seafarers the opportunity to learn how they can take control of their own well-being and lead more healthy, fulfilling lives.”

The prestigious Safety at Sea awards were presented at a London ceremony. Host, round-the-world sailor, Conrad Humphreys, says, “Since its launch 1,800 seafarers have completed the e-learning programme and it is likely to reach large numbers of seafarers due to the flexibility of learning online.

“Eighty per cent of users strongly agree that the training will enable them to better handle situations on board.”

Manoj Joy won the unsung hero award for supporting seafarers, with judges calling him “selfless and brave”. He supports seafarers through his work for Sailors’ Society and his magazine, Waves, which highlights issues of seafarer welfare.

Manoj Joy was an important figure in the campaign for justice for the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, who fought a four-year legal battle in India and were imprisoned, before finally having their convictions overturned last year.

He was the main point of liaison for the Indian and Ukrainian seafarers in jail and their families and also acted as an advisor to the legal team.

Sandra Welsh says, “Manoj’s dynamism and vision for improving seafarers’ welfare has changed the lives of many seafarers across India, and we’re thrilled this has been recognised in this award.”

Sailors’ Society is continuing its welfare work through its first Wellness at Sea Week, from 4-10 November, with a range of events and activities focused on crew wellness taking place around the world – culminating in a seminar and trek in Hong Kong.

The main picture shows Sailors' Society Deputy CEO Sandra Welch and Partnerships Manager Sarah Summers with the awards.

To find out more, go to www.sailors-society.org/wellnessweek.

Oct 26, 2018