IMarEST Explores: Wellbeing Challenges in Maritime

Event Date:
Start at 12:30 PM
May 10, 2021

Join us this Mental Health Awareness Week for the second in our IMarEST Explores panel series.

In 2020 an industry-wide survey on seafarer wellbeing showed that 54% of seafarers felt they were not being actively helped to manage stress and fatigue. This is with the backdrop of a significant crew-change crisis impacting both seafarers and their families during a tumultuous year. But seafarer mental health and wellbeing has been an area of concern well before the pandemic, with issues such as isolation, fatigue, and stress being commonly reported.

Our panel will explore the mental health and wellbeing challenges faced by those who work in the maritime industry and how we can begin to address these challenges, provide support and promote positive wellbeing.

This panel discussion will set the scene for our upcoming 1st Global Conference for Seafarer Mental Health and Wellbeing taking place 25-26 May, which will explore the practical solutions to improving seafarer mental health and wellbeing.

As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to ask your questions to our panel, and to join us afterwards for an optional post-event interactive networking session, where you can meet other attendees from around the world.


Capt Panos Stavrakakis MBA, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMarEST Champion of IMarEST Mental Health & Wellbeing Initiative and Head of Centre of Organizational Health & Wellbeing, Health & Safety Executive

Panel :

Melanie White – Policy Advisor, UK Chamber of Shipping

Pav Hart-Premkumar – Human Element Policy Specialist, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Dr Olivia Swift – Senior Programme Manager, Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Dr Volkan Arslan – Senior Human Factors Consultant, Lloyd’s Register

David Hammond – Chief Executive Officer, Human Rights at Sea

Steven Jones MA, MSc, BSc (Hons), MNI, DipMarSur, FRSA – Head of Seafarers Happiness Index, Mission to Seafarers

About the IMarEST Explores panel series

IMarEST Explores is an exciting new series of online panel discussions and debates, launched by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, to bring together experts from all corners of the marine world to explore the big issues affecting the marine industry.

The series is open to IMarEST members and the public, and as an attendee you will be able to:

  • Watch live from desktop or mobile, and ask your questions to participants.
  • Join an optional post-event interactive networking session where you can meet other attendees.
  • Receive an IMarEST Certificate of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for attending.
  • Exclusive on demand access to the webinar for 1 month.
  • Recordings then remain available to IMarEST members only in IMarEST TV , with online and offline access via desktop and mobile apps. Membership of the IMarEST is open to all, whether you are a student, just starting out in your career, an experienced professional or just someone who is interested in marine engineering, science or technology or our work.

Meet our Panel:

Capt Panos Stavrakakis MBA, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMarEST

Panos is the Head for Organizational Health & Wellbeing Centre, Health & Safety Executive Science and Research Centre. Panos works with world class scientists to use their scientific expertise and regulatory insight to address a range of occupational risks. Panos served the Hellenic Navy from 1989 to 2011 as a Naval Engineer Officer. He is a Chartered Marine Engineer, Fellow of IMarEST and member of IMarEST Technical Leadership Board, and Human Element Working Group. He holds a degree in Marine Engineering, a Masters in Health Emergencies Management, a MBA and a PhD in Chemical Engineering.