Congratulations to this year's winners! They were announced on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at the end of Inmarsat’s exclusive Crew Welfare event for London International Shipping Week. This year's winners are:

ISWAN Award for Outstanding Support of Seafarers’ Wellbeing: Shell Ship Management

ISWAN’s expert advisors, who decided the shortlist, were very impressed with Shell’s Resilience programme and the company’s contribution to improving the wider industry’s response to mental health at sea. Shell was given this special award in recognition of this work.

Dr Grahaeme Henderson from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited collecting the ISWAN Special Award

Port of the Year: Port of Singapore

Award sponsored by MF Shipping Group

The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) works closely with partners in welfare services to ensure seafarers can maximise their time in port, including jointly developing an on-demand bus service. MPA organises learning tours to offer seafarers with limited time the chance to visit places of interest in Singapore, and provides 24/7 medical advice and evacuation for seafarers requiring immediate medical attention. Maritime Welfare Fees collected from vessels visiting the Port of Singapore are used to improve welfare facilities and services for seafarers.

Tan Beng Tee from MPA Singapore collecting the Port of the Year award

Shipping Company of the Year: Teekay Shipping

Award sponsored by Garrets

Teekay Shipping provides free internet to all its ships and a support line for seafarers experiencing challenges in their work of personal life. The company provides modern gym equipment on board and social interaction is encouraged with onboard team competitions. Teekay also involves families back home with events, competitions and support in the event of emergencies, and provides medical coverage for all seafarers and their dependents.

Mikkel Seidelin from Teekay collecting the Shipping Company of the Year award

Seafarer Centre of the Year: Liverpool Seafarers Centre

Award sponsored by Wrist Ship Supply

Seafarers visiting Liverpool Seafarers Centre can take advantage of facilities such as a bar with a shop, an outdoor all-weather area with seating, and a games area including a full-size snooker table. A recent successful grant application enabled the centre to improve its interior furnishings and floor covering to create a homely atmosphere for visiting seafarers. The centre recently introduced the services of a Clinical Psychologist and is open every day, often extending its closing time to meet the needs of seafarers arriving late at night.

John Wilson from Liverpool Seafarers Centre collecting the Seafarer Centre of the Year award

The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year: Garry South

Award sponsored by the International Chamber of Shipping

Garry is on call 24 hours a day as a Port Chaplain for Port Hedland Seafarers Centre in Australia, which sees 30,000 seafarers each year. He visits an average of two ships per day, and provides bereavement counselling in the aftermath of 6 to 8 fatalities on average each year in ships visiting Port Hedland. He also handles complaints from seafarers about working conditions on board, makes hospital visits, provides transport to visiting seafarers, raises funds for the centre, and organises 2,000 Christmas gift bags to be distributed to 90 ships in the two weeks over Christmas.

Garry South collecting The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year award

See the full shortlist here and read more about the awards ceremony here.

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