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Mental Health and how it effects security

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins, Deputy Director and Head of The BMA’s Investigations Department

The Bahamas Maritime Authority is delighted to be involved in MarSec21 – The Future of Port and Maritime Security.

Tom Jenkins, Deputy Director and Head of The BMA’s Investigations Department, will be participating in a panel session which draws from the Marsec20 session on mental health, an often-underappreciated security risk. The panel will take a deep dive into the factors of mental health and what precautions must be taken by both ports and shipping. 

Sharing the stage with Tom will be Dr Risto Tallas of Portsmouth University, Yoss Leclerc, President, International Harbour Masters Association and Emmanolia Kolaias, Sales Director Marketplace, Crew Care App, Mintra.

Mental health affects us all, whether directly or indirectly, and we believe the COVID-19 pandemic has, for some, escalated the impact of this critical issue. That is why The BMA has implemented an initiative in the form of a survey to capture the real impact of the pandemic affecting our seafarers. The recently launched Seafarer COVID-19 Welfare Survey aims to understand this impact in order to conduct evidence-based research so as to identify necessary areas for improvement and lessons learned for the benefit of the seafarer – our most valuable asset.  

Date and time

The event will take place on 26th-27th May

The Mental Health panel session will be held on 26th May at 11:00am (GMT)
Thu, 27 May 2021, 14:00 BST

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Please join us for this discussion as we all strive to understand how we can better help protect the mental health of seafarers. 

See you there!

Event hashtag #MARSEC21