Celebrating the Day of the Seafarer

In recognition of the high-risk environment faced by their officers and crew, AMSOL initiated a six-week safety campaign earlier this month. This initiative aligns with the International Day of the Seafarer, celebrated annually on June 25th.

AMSOL’s CEO, Dan Ngakane, emphasizes that a strong safety culture hinges on effective communication, mindfulness regarding colleagues’ wellbeing, and a dedication to continuous improvement.

“We’re proud of the safety leaders across our business who remind their colleagues about the value of their lives to loved ones at home and the importance of focusing on the task at hand,” Ngakane said.

Wellbeing is a core focus at AMSOL. Beyond providing social worker services at various sites, offices, and vessels, the company offers comprehensive access to an Employee Wellness Service for employees and their families. This service addresses a range of issues impacting employee wellbeing.

The International Day of the Seafarer prompts the industry to reflect on the indispensable contributions seafarers make to keep the economy moving. This year’s global campaign emphasizes creating a safer workplace at sea.

“With safety of people at the heart of AMSOL, it is a good opportunity to connect with the hundreds of seafarers working across our fleet in the region and to raise the importance of wellbeing and peer support,” says Ngakane.

To engage seafarers in this crucial discussion, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has encouraged them to share their best safety tips via a social media campaign using the hashtag #SafetyTipsAtSea.

Whether discussing the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they use or the advice they share with each other onboard, these insights are vital for cultivating a culture of safety and raising awareness of the risks seafarers face.

“As we celebrate the Day of the Seafarer today with events in Cape Town, Durban, and Gqeberha, we honor the commitment of AMSOL seafarers who start each day and each task with fresh eyes. Working in challenging conditions, these men and women go the extra mile to deliver professional service to our clients.

“Together, through shared knowledge, collaboration, and a commitment to looking out for one another, we can create a safer and more supportive maritime industry,” Ngakane concluded.

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