Maritime Minister Robert Courts has announced that the authorities are funding three organizations to help improve seafarers’ welfare and seafaring skills, outreach and careers.
Breaking the news about the Mersey Maritime Alternative in Liverpool, the minister also outlined how the funding will help assess ‘classifications’ training. This can encompass roles such as deck, engine room, hospitality and catering within the maritime industry. It will probably be held by the Maritime Skills Tax.
£2.4m will help support the inexperienced, alleviate seafarers’ mental health problems and work towards the 2050 maritime ambition to extend the reach of the sector.
The funding targets to help the maritime sector create a highly skilled and well-supported workforce that people from all backgrounds should be a part of.
As recognized in the government’s Maritime 2050 report and highlighted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the well-being and mental health of seafarers remains a major challenge. These challenges have highlighted the need to improve the perception of welfare points for seafarers and the scarcity of different services and help available when desired.
Maritime Minister Robert Courts stated:
The well-being of seafarers is at the heart of our Maritime 2050 agenda and we all know that mental health issues at sea affect thousands of seafarers. We are dedicated to tackling this and building a diverse, extremely knowledgeable and exciting industry across the board from shipbuilders to boatswains.
This funding will help us deal with this problem by supporting the excellent work that charities and social organizations are doing and by encouraging new programs.
I am also happy to launch our restoration roadmap, which can help build a resilient, modern and future-oriented maritime sector for generations to come.”
A package of nine safety measures for seafarers, presented in March, has already set out plans to establish a new framework to improve long-term working conditions for seafarers, developed in session with companies and unions.
The UK has continued to be the number one voice in recognizing existing rights and in dealing with companies and seafarers’ welfare organisations. In addition, the company has developed mental health awareness training that is given to every new Marine as part of their required training. This funding is intended to raise the profile and improve the offering of cost-effective packages – small, giant, new and current – to uphold seafarers’ rights.
Also released at this time (June 23, 2022) is the federal government’s maritime restoration roadmap. This brings together the government’s plans to help the sector recover from the effect of the pandemic while supercharging Maritime 2050 supply. The report was developed in conjunction with the companies. Follow the important themes of Maritime 2050, including how we’re going to help our great workforce, stay aggressive, and drive green development by delivering innovation and new insights.
Stuart Rivers, Director of Government for the service provider Navy Welfare Board, stated:
This vital funding in the maritime charity sector is timely and very welcome. The maritime charities sector has been supporting seafarers through a series of crises over the last 2 years, regardless of difficult fundraising circumstances. Funding for the Transport Division will make a real improvement to the welfare of seafarers and will enable improvements in skills and variety for the sector as a whole.
The funding will help seafarers’ maritime skills, rank, careers and well-being, with £230,000 of the funding allocated to Maritime UK to help inexperienced skills, a ranking to assess and boost careers and plans for variety and an additional £140,000 to Ormiston Maritime Academy to advertise maritime at universities in key target areas for regional development.”
Ben Murray, Director of Government of Maritime UK, stated:
To understand the imagination and the prophetic that we now have for the UK maritime sector in 2050, we would like one of the best people from all backgrounds to bring new reflections on the great issues of our age. It means being an inclusive sector that invests in its people and prepares for the long term.
Maritime UK is delighted that people and skills are at the heart of the government’s maritime restoration roadmap and the company is ready to accelerate its work on priorities such as green outreach and skills.”
Rachel Kitley, Head of Faculty at Cowes Enterprise, which is part of Ormiston Academies Belief (OAT), stated:
Our Maritime Futures initiative meets the tutorial aspirations of the federal government’s Maritime 2050 technique. It seamlessly integrates robust disciplinary data with practical maritime assignments, raises awareness of the maritime industry, and provides college students with meaningful encounters with maritime employers.
We are delighted that funding from the Transportation Division allows us to spread this model in a timely manner, significantly in coastal communities. At the same time, Maritime Futures will help raise the achievement of college students in disadvantaged areas and raise the profile of the maritime business.”