The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI) have united to provide the maritime sector with a unique and topical one-day conference to discuss ‘Maritime Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) Training in the European Union’.
Hosted on HQS WELLINGTON, London, the conference welcomes a host of expert speakers from organisations both in industry and academia including the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency, Wrightway Ltd, CSMART Ltd, Solent University, Chalmers University (Sweden) and Maersk.
By facilitating the opportunity for a range of specialists from academia to commercial to congregate and openly discuss current maritime sector topics related to human factors , the conference specifically provides a good representation and insight into HELM training and related issues within the European Union.
“Encouraging and stimulating technical discussion is vital to highlighting and developing human element leadership and management training.” Said Dr Bev MacKenzie, IMarEST’s Technical & Policy Director.
“Having the opportunity to discuss, learn and share best practice amongst professionals directly working in the European Union is something that cannot be regarded highly enough. The conference is set to address some key issues faced by both training providers and maritime operators in all sectors of commercial maritime activity from Merchant Navy to Super yachts ” she continued.
This type of event allows delegates to draw on a wealth of knowledge, examine best practice and extract information directly relevant to their sector which can ultimately contribute towards improving safety and reducing costs within their field. A recent survey carried out by the IMarEST and Colfax Fluid Handling highlighted that almost 70% of companies surveyed were “currently or due to put in place correctly trained staff” in order to reduce emissions, demonstrating how powerful the ‘Human Element’ is within the industry.
With a reported 60 % of all incidents attributable to ‘human factors’, the maritime industry is seeking more understanding and emphasis on the potential negative safety, financial and environmental impact of the ‘Human Element’ it is crucial that all maritime professionals involved in any aspect of HELM to have an extensive understanding.