COPE° Working group on Psychological Safety and Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Maritime Sector

This working group, hosted by the Center for Ocean Policy and Economics – COPE° is working on projects to provide solutions to develop projects designed to provide solutions to build on an international framework which supports a psychologically safe workplace culture for mariners. It is universally recognized this will have a positive effect on operational safety and security on board ships. Psychological safety is essential to the successful integration of vulnerable and marginalized groups in support of diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion.

The working group facilitates committed maritime government, non-government, corporate, education, science and technology experts and partners to collaborate on developing and delivering relevant actions and impactful solutions.

The working group will support the work outlined in document MSC105/16/4 of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee as proposed by Dominica, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, InterManager, IIMA, ICHCA International, IFSMA, and AMPP. The submission presents suggestions to amend IMO Model Course 1.21 – Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, which will be discussed by the Maritime Safety Committee in May 2022. Its intention is to develop and deliver relevant actions and impactful solutions, using the UN framework to do the work and connect the industry to objectives.

Organizations and individuals who would like to join the working group are encouraged to reach out to Ms. Eva Lianne Veldkamp via the button below.

Proposed Activity Items

Review and amend existing IMO model course 1.21 – Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

The work will be based on the proposals identified in IMO document MSC105/16/4, submitted to IMO Maritime Safety Committee in 2022 by Dominica, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, InterManager, IIMA, ICHCA International, IFSMA, AMPP. Proposal for a revised output to amend IMO Model Course 1.21 – PSSR with a view to improve seafarers’ psychological safety, mental and physical wellbeing, while enhancing operational safety and security and achieving a more sustainable and equitable maritime industry.

Provide training options

The work of the IMO Model course will be used to develop online training on NEMO° and will be made available free of charge. Amending and expanding existing training will be taken into account.

Harmonize best practices and guidance document

The best practices of UN bodies, maritime governments, non-governments and industry practices will be shared and solutions for collecting and harmonizing different guidance documents will provided.

Awareness and response

Output relevant for mariners and other maritime professionals will be shared online by means on different channels. The working group will be open to hear the voice of the industry and take information into consideration.

Meeting Notes