‘MARI-WEL’ Seafarers’ Welfare Professional Development Programme

The first-ever course of its type, Mari-Wel is a seafarer welfare training programme launched by ITF Seafarers’ Trust and World Maritime University. The course is designed to equip maritime professionals with key skills and knowledge to support the welfare of seafarers.
Created in partnership by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust (ITFST) and the World Maritime University (WMU), MARI-WEL is the first programme of its kind to deliver a comprehensive overview of the topics and issues that relate to seafarer welfare.

MARI-WEL is delivered as a distance learning course via an innovative online portal consisting of a series of videos, lectures, and activities – enabling participants to follow the programme from anywhere in the world. Covering three separate modules, the programme provides participants with flexibility to follow the course at their own speed, and offline if need be.

Led by world-leading experts in the field of seafarer rights, regulations, and welfare issues, the three modules cover the following areas:
• Module 1: international regulations, conventions, codes, and seafarers’ rights
• Module 2: psycho-social and occupational health relating to seafarers
• Module 3: crew & resource management and land-based seafarer welfare

Image of actual Mari-Wel course content
Image of actual Mari-Wel course content

MARI-WEL is designed to meet the needs of anyone who works with or interacts with seafarers, both onboard and onshore. This includes ship management companies, crewing agencies, port chaplains, and welfare providers. Dave Heindel, ITFST Chair, said “The purpose of MARI-WEL is to set a new professional standard that will increase the level of awareness of welfare issues across the industry.” Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President stated “MARI-WEL is the first programme of its kind to take such a comprehensive look at seafarers’ welfare. It is an important step in supporting the work of the IMO, the International Labour Organization, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and all other stakeholders focused on the welfare of seafarers.”

The first MARI-WEL programme commenced on 1 August 2018. A limited number of scholarships will be available as well as potential discounts for multiple participants from the same organisation and/or applicants from smaller welfare organisations and charities.
To find out more about the MARI-WEL programme and to sign up, please visit http://mariwel.wmu.se.