The maritime sector is one of great diversity, with people from all over the world coming together – both ashore and on board vessels. However, with diversity can come misunderstanding and it can often be hard for people to adjust to these new working environments.

We recently partnered with Human Rights at Sea to develop a course on ‘Diversity & Inclusion at Sea’, which for a limited time is being offered free of charge to individual subscribers as well as being included to subscribers of Marlins’ elearning suite for seafarers. This is our second partnership with Human Rights at Sea, with the earlier launch of a course on responding to the migrant crisis at sea, back in December last year.

One of the biggest issues is that seafarers are often away from home for long periods of time, which as Tineke Bosma, Marlins’ training development specialist, and a former seafarer, explains, “This can heighten sensitivities to diversity and inclusion issues on board, which can lead to some people feeling even more lonely, without the familiarity of friends and family around them.”

This new course helps seafarers understand how to create an environment of respect, reflecting on individual differences and consider how to interact with their colleagues, regardless of differences in culture, faith or gender. The course content was developed with input from Apostleship of the Sea and the UK Royal Navy diversity team, Compass. The course is being launched this week at the inaugural International Maritime Human Rights conference in London.