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Safety culture and leadership in the Shipping Industry

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Safety culture and leadership in the Shipping Industry

Vassilia Dimitrakou



Safety Culture interventions are the next measures for reducing incidents and accidents in Shipping. Any group with a stable membership and a history of shared learning will have developed some level of culture. This can be a group of same nationality, same company, same branch office, same team, on board the same ship or same occupation. Culture is constantly created by our interactions with others and shaped by our own behavior. 

The maritime business is, by its very nature, a truly global business. This means that every day people from different cultures and different countries are interacting with each other. Safety leadership and values drive continuous improvement.  How we are supposed to perceive, feel and act in a given shipping company, department, team or occupation has been taught to us by our various socialization experiences?

This interactive training includes activities that will develop the capabilities of the participants to understand cultural differences, the influence of leadership and their effects on the key day-to-day operations in the shipping industry. 


To gain better insight into the different types of cultures: from nationalities, organizations, teams, and professions in the shipping industry

To understand the complexity of safety culture in organizations in the shipping industry, where the different types of culture are all apparent.

To understand the different leadership styles and the influence on (safety) culture

To give insight into models and methods for intervention in changing (safety) culture

Due to current circumstances, this training is available via LIVE Virtual Classroom until further notice. It consists of a combination of live online lectures, Q&A sessions and small group work.

Focus Points:

·       Organisational Culture

·       Culture of Nationalities

·       Group/Team Culture

·       Culture of professions

·       Safety Culture

·       Just Culture

·       Leadership styles

·       The influence of Leadership on Culture

·       Interventions: models and tools

Duration:        3 days (10am – 3.30pm)

Who should attend: Captains, Chief engineers, Chief Officers, Fleet managers, Crew Managers, Technical Managers, Superintendents, Vessel Managers, QHSE-Managers, Safety Managers

Date:17-19 March 2021
Location:Live Virtual Classroom (link to be provided)
Time Schedule:10:00hrs – 15:30hrs
Trainer:Mr. Paulus Kuin, DNV’s Principal Auditor Maritime Management System Audits
Course Fee:EURO 900/delegate (plus VAT)
Enrolment Deadline:March 9th        

Equipment required: This course will be conducted online, therefore an internet connection is required. Interaction between the trainer and participants will still be encouraged.  Make sure you connect through a PC or laptop with sufficient screen size. A connected camera, microphone, or audio headset during the course will enhance the quality of training.

To enroll in this course, please visit online our New Training Portal.

From the DNV GL Maritime Academy web page you will enter seamlessly into the portal either:

– by clicking a specific course or

– by hitting the “Select your country” button. 

Our updated Maritime Academy Hellas Training Courses Schedule is attached in this message.

Should you require any further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Best Regards,

Vassilia Dimitrakou

Senior Academy Advisor
Maritime Academy Hellas
Maritime Service Centre & Advisory
DNV GL Hellas S.A.
Landline +30 210 4100200 | Mob +30 6945 983 03
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