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Seafarers’ training to drive greener shipping, innovations – WISTA

Seafarers’ training to drive greener shipping, innovations – WISTA

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria has called for the training of Nigerian seafarers to keep them abreast with rapid technological changes in shipping.

Odunayo Ani, president of WISTA Nigeria, made this call while delivering a speech in commemoration of the Day of Seafarers designated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Ani, who doubles as deputy director/head of Internal Audit at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said the maritime industry is undergoing rapid transformations and Nigerian seafarers should be trained to favourably compete with their contemporaries.

Giving an analysis of the 2024 theme: ‘Navigating the Future: Safety First,’ Ani said it connotes an action of protection.

“Safety first is a principle that must guide our actions. The safety of our seafarers is paramount. It begins with rigorous training and adherence to international safety standards and includes the continuous improvement of safety protocols, maintenance of ships, and the health and well-being of crew members.

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“We must invest in training programmes that keep our seafarers up to date with the latest technologies and safety practices. Continuous learning and development are vital in navigating the future,” she said.

She said the industry must ensure that seafarers have access to proper medical care, mental health support, and adequate rest.

She said the world must emphasise safety amid technological advancement.

“The celebration is to honour the invaluable contributions of seafarers. We recognise your courage, expertise, and unwavering commitment to safety. You navigate the future of the maritime industry, and we must support you in every possible way.

“To our seafarers, we thank you for your dedication and service. You are the true navigators of our future, and with safety as our compass, there are no seas we cannot conquer,” she added.