MoEI to launch safety awareness campaign to enhance physical, mental wellbeing of seafarers

MoEI to launch safety awareness campaign to enhance physical, mental wellbeing of seafarers

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) has announced an awareness campaign to support seafarers and ensure their physical and mental wellbeing during the UAE Maritime Week.

The Maritime Week, which will take place on May 15-19, 2023, is being held under the patronage of MOEI, and the Ministry will be promoting several of its initiatives in support of the "Blue Army" to improve their quality of life and mental health.

The Ministry has launched various initiatives to safeguard the interests of the maritime workforce. Some of the most significant initiatives include the "Supporting Our Blue Army" initiative, which provides free medical care for seafarers, the "Salmeen" initiative that offers mental health care and safety training, and the "Sail Safely" initiative that aims to prevent accidents at sea by providing training and raising awareness.

Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, MOEI, said,

“The UAE has always prioritised the safety and security in the maritime industry, and is dedicated to improving the living and working standards of workers in the sector. The awareness campaign we are launching during the UAE Maritime Week is just one of our initiatives towards this goal. The UAE remains steadfast in its commitment to creating a safer and more sustainable maritime industry for everyone. We will continue to explore every possible avenue to achieve this goal, and are confident that events such as the Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East (SMLME) will support our efforts by spreading the message to its massive network of maritime companies and leaders."

The flagship event of the Week, Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East (SMLME) 2023, will include sessions dedicated to the physical and mental well-being of the industry workforce. The “Tackling mental health and well-being as part of the ESG strategy” session will be held in support of the "Salmeen" initiative launched by MOEI, and aims to enhance the mental well-being of offshore workers to reduce human errors that often result in accidents. The objective is to establish a positive environment that fosters safety and productivity within the local, regional, and global maritime ecosystem.

News Source: Emirates News Agency

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