Euronav invests in seafarers’ welfare programme

Associations, Charity, Corporate Social Responsibility, HR — By on March 9, 2016 at 5:41 PM
 Students on a Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea training day. Euronav has agreed a four-year sponsorship of Wellness at Sea, a coaching programme designed to promote health and well-being among the world’s seafarers.

Students on a Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea training day. Euronav has agreed a four-year sponsorship of Wellness at Sea, a coaching programme designed to promote health and well-being among the world’s seafarers.

Sailors’ Society and Euronav agree four-year sponsorship for Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme

Euronav,  the largest New York Stock Exchange listed independent crude oil tanker company in the world, has agreed a four-year sponsorship of Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme.

Wellness at Sea, which was launched in 2015, is a coaching and support programme devised by the international maritime welfare charity to promote health and well-being among the world’s seafarers. Wellness at Sea is designed to reflect the needs of mariners and the shipping industry alike by promoting cultural awareness, emotional intelligence, social skills and spiritual well-being alongside more familiar skills competence.

Paddy Rodgers, chief executive of Euronav, said: “We, at Euronav, are concerned about the health and well-being of our own seafarers and it is with a sense of our broader responsibility to the whole industry that we support this initiative, particularly as it emphasises mental and emotional well-being, which are often ignored, but when they are absent their place is soon taken by accidents and injury.”

Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme seeks to support the mental and physical health of seafarers in a holistic manner, addressing five specific needs: social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness.

Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society’s director of programme, said: “Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme has been well received by the industry and it is wonderful to have the support and endorsement of a company such as Euronav. Hundreds of seafarers have already completed the course and Euronav’s support ensures that many more will benefit from the coaching programme for years to come.”

Companies who have already undertaken the training include Wallem, Univan, Sea Team and Seaspan. More than 400 students have already completed the full and condensed versions of coaching programme and an additional 600 seafarers are expected to participate in courses this year.

About Sailors’ Society

Sailors’ Society aims to transform the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress.

The charity works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.5m seafarers, regardless of background or faith. Sailors’ Society chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 69 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 26 countries.

A short video featuring Paddy Rogers from Euronav and Sandra Welch from Sailors’ Society talking about Wellness at Seawill be available soon.

 

For more information please visit www.sailors-society.org, or contact Vicky Macleod on 023 8051 5950 or vmacleod@sailors-society.org.

About Euronav
Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products. The Company is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. VLCCs on the spot market are traded in the Tankers International pool of which Euronav is one of the major partners. Euronav’s owned and operated fleet consists of 56 double hulled vessels being one V-Plus vessel, 29 VLCCs (of which 1 in 50%-50% joint venture), two VLCCs under construction which were recently acquired as resales of existing newbuilding contracts, 22 Suezmaxes (of which four are owned in 50%-50% joint ventures) and two FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture). The Company’s vessels mainly fly Belgian, Greek, French and Marshall Island flags.

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