InterManager and ECSA To Host Practical Workshop On Large Scale Rescues at Sea

The challenges faced by seafarers and ship operators when undertaking large-scale rescues at sea will be examined and discussed during a practical workshop scheduled to take place on Monday March 2.

To help shipping companies better understand and evaluate the issues involved and to ensure the safety of crew and refugees, InterManager is holding a one-day workshop during the first ever European Shipping Week in Brussels (March 2 – 6).

European Shipping Week will bring together the major players in the shipping industry with the primary aim of promoting the strengths and the importance of European and global shipping to legislators in Brussels such as the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

Maritime industry leaders from across the globe will gather in Brussels for industry meetings and events, concluding in a day-long European Commission and shipping industry conference and gala dinner.

Delegates attending European Shipping Week, including ship owners, ship managers and Flag State representatives, will benefit from this workshop which is being organised jointly by InterManager and the European Community Shipowners Association, supported by the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU.

The workshop is scheduled to begin at 1400 on March 2 at the Maltese Embassy in Brussels at Rue Archimède 25/ Archimedesstraat 25.

Recent months have seen several merchant ships come to the aid of small vessels in distress at sea and loaded, often overloaded, with large numbers of migrants.

Women, children and men have been taken onboard cargo vessels to save them from drowning at sea. Large numbers have been rescued – some vessels have transported more than 500 people to safety, often in the Mediterranean to Italy.

Such actions are both praiseworthy and expected from seafarers, who are following regulations such as the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS). However, merchant vessels are not equipped to carry large numbers of passengers, some of whom may be injured, sick, very young, elderly or pregnant.

Best practice procedures, suitable equipment and training are needed to equip seafarers to handle such incidents and to ensure the safety of themselves, their vessel and the rescued people.

This workshop is intended to help shipping companies to develop and implement recommended practices to ensure the safety of crew and refugees.

For further information and to register your attendance please contact Capt. Kuba Szymanski at



Monday March 2


2pm to 5pm


Permanent Representation of Malta

Rue Archimède 25/ Archimedesstraat 25,

Brussels, Belgium

To register contact: Captain Kuba Szymanski


For further information see the event website:


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