Unsung Hero awarded

Sailors' Society award wins (Left to right) Sailors' Society Deputy CEO Sandra Welch and Sarah Summers, Partnerships manager, receive the awards on behalf of the charity and Manoj Joy. Credit: Sailors' Society

Sailors’ Society, a long-term exhibitor at Seawork, has won the ‘unsung hero’ and ‘best crew welfare programme’ accolades at the Safety at Sea Awards.

Manoj Joy, Sailors’ Society’s community development manager in Chennai, India, won the unsung hero award for going above and beyond the call of duty to support seafarers. This includes campaigning for justice for the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, who fought a four-year legal battle in India.

The international charity’s Wellness at Sea e-learning programme won the best crew welfare programme award for helping to protect crew well-being and raising important issues impacting their safety.

The platform, launched earlier this year, is an online version of the Society’s Wellness at Sea coaching programme, which seeks to enable seafarers to improve their onboard health and well-being by exploring five different aspects of wellness and the impact that they can have on the safe running of a ship.

Sandra Welch, deputy CEO of Sailors’ Society, said, “We are so delighted to have received these awards and we are so grateful to IHS Markit for recognising the work we do. Seafarers are at the centre of world trade and these awards highlight how important it is that they be valued, supported and invested in.”

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