As the global maritime industry looks back on a hugely challenging year for seafarers, four major maritime charities will come together at Inmarsat, to explore how technology will shape the future for seafarers’ welfare. The Mission to Seafarers, in collaboration with The Seafarers’ Charity, Stella Maris and Sailors’ Society, will be fielding their CEOs, on each of the four panels. Promoting Seafarers welfare This half-day afternoon conference, ‘Meeting the needs of seafarers in a digital age’, will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021, both in-person and in a virtual format. It will be chaired by John Adams, the Managing Director of V.Ships, who also serves as Chair of the Bahamas Shipowners Association and Vice-Chair of the International Chamber of Shipping, Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, Chair of Together in Safety and Nick Chubb, Founder of Thetius will give keynote speeches. Panel Speakers include James Muir, the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) - Ship Management at V.Ships, Mark O’Neil, Columbia Ship Management, Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime and David Gooberman, Isle of Man Ship Registry. Boosting mental Health digitally The first panel will focus on how companies responded to changing welfare needs, during 2020 The first panel will focus on how companies responded to changing welfare needs, during 2020 and the measures that will retain best practices going forward, while the second panel will discuss how to boost mental health digitally. This will be followed by a session on what investment is needed in crew technology, in order to provide for better welfare provision, what are the obstacles and how this will impact the bottom line. The final discussion will look at technology collaboration, as a means of delivering seafarer services. Ensuring seafarer welfare is a priority Conference Chairman, John Adams is expecting this to be a highly interactive conference that creates important industry dialogue. Speaking ahead of the upcoming conference, John Adams, said “The pandemic wreaked havoc on shipping’s most important asset, its people. With this event, we hope to highlight and encourage all industry stakeholders, including ship owners, managers, charterers, to work together as a community, to ensure that seafarer welfare is a priority for now and the future.” John Adams adds, “As we continuously grasp the importance of technology as a tool for support during this trialing time for seafarers, we hope that many can join us for this insightful event so we can learn from each other and pin down the best method to ensure seafarer welfare is at the top of the agenda for both the industry and governments.” The conference is free and can be attended both physically and virtually.