It is with great pleasure that we announce the representation of SafetMetrix at the 2020 Safety4Sea Limassol Forum, by Dr Luiza Shahbazyan, Product Manager, at Columbia Plaza, on the 10th of March.
Dr Shahbazyan joined the “Human Element” panel, along with Capt. Paris Dimitriou, Crewing Manager & Marine & Safety Superintendent at Petronav Ship Management Ltd and Mr Apostolos Belokas, Managing Director of Safety4Sea.
Dr Shahbazyan focused mainly on the proper ways of assessing soft skills and described their major importance for the maritime industry and the wellness of seafarers. She also elaborated that by learning about soft skills, it helps to better understand each crew member, the dynamics and the type of behaviour that the officials are reinforcing between the team while working onboard.
The four pillars of the IMO were described by Capt. Paris Dimitriou, Crewing Manager & Marine & Safety Superintendent at Petronav Ship Management Ltd, during his speech titled “IMO Quality pillars at a glance”.
Finally, Mr Belokas described a Crew Wellness Survey the company conducted and presented the results, which showed satisfied crew members overall. The findings though were contradicted by audience members who stated that specific crew members from the Philippines for example, who participated in the survey, do not prove as a valid example for work satisfaction.
The various views of the audience, along with the perspective from the panellists drove towards a very interesting discussion at the end of the presentations and thought-provoking conclusions were drawn. Everyone agreed that the maritime industry still has a long way to go in regards to the wellness of the crew onboard and the ways companies are applying these methods. Everyone needs to change their way of thinking and focus more on how training is done, for a healthy work setting overall.
As a closing statement and a general message from the Forum, we are quoting our SafeMetrix Manager, Dr Shahbazyan who stated: “Hire and reward the crew for what they can do and not for who they are”.
If you would like to learn more about the meaning of soft skills and how they can change the dynamics of the working environment, book a live demo here.