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Navigating the Challenges of Multigenerational Crew

During the 2023 Crew Welfare Week, Mrs. Penelope Robotis Clinical & Organizational Psychologist Msc., of IMEQ Center, referred to the key challenges of multigenerational crew and highlighted that we need to systematically explore and analyze factors that may covertly interact and negatively impact crew welfare.

In a rapidly changing world, the maritime industry faces a series of challenges including geopolitical tensions, economic crisis, environmental regulations, new digital technologies, and workforce shortages. These are all critical issues that can potentially impact industry.

The pandemic gave rise to the importance of human sustainability and the need for implementing strategies to tackle issues such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, attracting and retaining talent.

Crew welfare refers to the overall quality of life of seafarers that includes their physical, mental, emotional, and social health that may be impacted by various risk factors. Recognizing the importance of crew welfare, maritime organizations systematically address the issue by taking actions to ensure seafarers wellbeing.

Key elements of Crew Welfare

  • Physical conditions onboard

  • Health and safety

  • Mental wellbeing

  • Communication

  • Social relations

  • Career and training development

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