Greetings from the Bosun and Cook conference in Yogyakarta.
April 3rd 2019, we kicked the rating meeting and family gathering in Yogyakarta with an inspiring and challenging program.
Cook and messmen training: On the first day of the event the group consisting out of 30 participants was split into a group of 18 Cooks and messmen receiving a refresher training on healthy food, consumption patterns, budget management Hygiene, cultural food issues, workload and organization. The training was provided by Michel Pradolini CEO of international food services (https://www.ifs.be )being the company’s partner in food supplies and training of the cooks on board our vessels. The refresher training was very well received, a lot of knowledge was exchanged and the way the training was provided was very entertaining for all involved.
Leadership: The Bosun day started with a leadership training similar to the training for the safety officers, with several workshops and break-out sessions on overcoming challenges on board, Peter Saaman providing the training was assisted by two inhouse experts Captain Leo van Toly and Chief Engineer Sarwanto and turned out to be a very meaningful exercise. It was noted that the previous bosun trainings really paid off as quit some topics as addressed in the previous trainings were found to be known and already implemented on board, a clear sign of continuous improvement.
Crew welfare Crew welfare is a very important issue in the success of a shipping company as a happy crew and a good and open atmosphere on board is essential in maintaining a strong operational and safety culture. Good food, a clean accommodation and a pleasant working and living environment are the essentials however mental health issues on board are sometimes underestimated or not signalized.
ISWAN ( https://www.seafarerswelfare.org ) is a non-profit organization sponsored by the shipping industry with the sole purpose to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world. As well as operating a 24-hour helpline as a direct service for seafarers, we also run a number of other projects and campaigns in support of seafarers' welfare.
Mr. Renato 'Jun' Pablo Jr. ISWAN Regional Director, Philippines and South East Asia did give a workshop on mental health issues on board ships highlighting the influence of social media, understanding and overcoming cultural differences and dealing with stress and bad news from home.
The whole workshop was actually a perfect contribution to the resilience program that as launched two years ago and in fact a lot of the topic addressed were found to be addressed in the safety leadership program as well. We really thank Jun Pablo for his lively presentation and the way he engaged his audience.
Addressing people and speak up After the lunchbreak and praying time the program was continued with a small presentation on speaking up for safety, taking into account and overcoming cultural differences and cultural barriers on board, role playing was performed with the help and assistance of Captain Leo van Toly and different cases were exercised with the aim that the bosun’s would be able to assist the other ratings on speaking up on the second day, role playing is always resulting in funny situations so we were learning a lot from each other while having a real great time
Toolbox practice The day was concluded with a practical training on performing tool box meetings, again by doing role playing and having a lot of fun
Conclusion Although it is only the first day of the event we look back to a very lively, inspiring and “fun” first day and we do thank Angga Luthfi Eldrianto and the full Equinox staff for the excellent preparation and challenging the logistics involved in the organization!
Salam dari Yogyakarta!
By Arthur van der Kaay, SHEQ Manager