At the company’s inaugural Safety at Sea conference on November 10th, Tristar Group chief executive, Eugene Mayne, urged regional shipowners to address and tackle the mental health issues facing seafarers. Speaking to over 150 attendees at the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai, Mayne shared P&I Club findings that the rate of suicide amongst seafarers has more than tripled since 2014.
He further highlighted the report from the Sailors’ Society that 26% of seafarers show signs of depression. “Nearly half of them said they had not asked anybody for help,” Mayne added.“The irony is that despite such high rates of suicide amongst seafarers, the topic of mental health is still considered to be a taboo in our industry,” Mayne continued. “We need to change this mindset as leaders in our industry and we need to collectively pay attention to this growing trend and come together to do something about it.”
The conference also covered several key safety related topics, such as preventing mooring rope failures and restricting cargo tank entry. The sessions were live streamed to over 500 seafarers in crewing centres in India and the Philippines.
Tristar Group owns and operates chemical, oil and gas tankers and bulk carriers trading globally, mostly with oil majors. Six 50,000 dwt MR Tankers were delivered in 2016 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and six more newbuild 25,000 dwt, IMO Type 2 oil and chemical tankers will be delivered by the same dockyard starting next year.