Human Element

INTERTANKO’s Council established a new committee in 2005 focusing on the human element in recognition of the crucial importance of this aspect to the tanker industry and to all aspects of the Association’s technical and operational work.

This committee is called the Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC).

In addition to considering the attraction, training and retention of seafarers, this group inter alia will examine the interaction of the human element with aspects of ship design and operation, and the development of enhanced compliance cultures.

This is an extension of ongoing work to share information, to develop best practice guides, and to consider the possible need for modified legislation. The group's work will also focus on human "compliance" related issues.

It is also a further INTERTANKO initiative to lead the continuous improvement of the Tanker Industry’s performance in striving to achieve the goals of zero fatalities, zero pollution and zero detentions.

Latest Human Element Updates

17.04.2014 - 10:34 GMT

ILO: New measures to protect seafarers

Measures to protect abandoned seafarers, and to provide financial security for compensation in cases of death and long-term disability, were agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Office...... Login to view this article

17.04.2014 - 10:27 GMT

Decision day looms for Filipino seafarers

On 23 April the EU Committee on Safety of Sea (COSS) will meet to decide on the possible ban of Filipino seafarers. This possible ban follows the submission of a report by the European Maritime...... Login to view this article

21.03.2014 - 10:20 GMT

European Parliament rejects report on inclusion of seafarers in EU labour directives

On 18 March, the European Parliament’s Employment Committee (EMPL) rejected a report on a Commission proposal looking to include seafarers in a number of EU labour directives. To recall, the report...... Login to view this article

21.03.2014 - 10:09 GMT

Human Element in Shipping Committee has fruitful meeting in Cyprus

Moving out of London for the first time in many years, the Human Element Committee took advantage of a generous invitation by InterOrient to host the Committee in their headquarters in Limassol. Th...... Login to view this article


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Dr Phillip Belcher
Director, Marine
P: +44 20 7977 7033

Adele Robinson
Assistant Manager, Marine
P: +44 20 7977 7010