Tristar was awarded by the Arabia CSR Network for its ‘Safety at Sea’ initiatives at the 13th Arabia CSR Awards 2020 held in Dubai. The Shipping Division organized the ‘Safety at Sea Conference’ on November 10, 2019 which addressed the topic of mental health amongst seafarers. Following the conference, the division conducted a series of town hall-style workshops focused on psychological first aid (PFA) for Vessel Masters and Senior Officers in Mumbai, India. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the PFA workshops were conducted through video conferencing. Tristar also established a dedicated helpline that is handled by the Sailors’ Society in the UK.
Eugene Mayne, Group CEO of Tristar said: “Seafarers are particularly susceptible to mental health issues at sea, as they are often far from home, with little contact with family and friends. Whilst we are all encouraged to talk about mental health, it seems that it is still a taboo subject amongst seafarers and as a result they are missing out on vital support and treatment at what could sometimes be early stages of depression.
The initiatives we have put in place are small steps as part of a wider movement to address these issues and ensure adequate support is provided to our most valuable assets – our people. I’m honored that Tristar has been recognised for its work in this space, and I look forward to celebrating many more successes with the team and with Arabia CSR Network in the future.”
Photo shows Tristar Shipping CEO Chris Peters (3rd right) receiving the award certificate from H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi (2nd right), Chairman of Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah. Also in photo are Tristar’s CSR Steering Committee members.