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Seafarers International Research Centre

15 July 2007

Cardiff University’s Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) has drawn its fifth biennial International Symposium to a close with some key messages.

The need for stakeholders to collect accident and injury data in a more standardised way to facilitate the analysis of accidents globally and highlight any changes over time, was one of the topics debated at the symposium by invited delegates from across the maritime sector.

The importance of job security and the operation of a just workplace culture to the safe operation of ships was also a major talking point. Such safe operation was identified to be dependent upon seafarer participation in safety management system development and upon effective on board communication and teamwork.

Professor Helen Sampson, Director of the research centre tackled the subject of employment suggesting that only by improving seafarers’ lives on board ships could the industry address the long term problem of the recruitment of quality officers.

Among those attending was the First Minister Rhodri Morgan, who regaled the audience with some of the less well known tales of Welsh industrial history.

Three of the Centre’s postgraduate students also gave presentations at the symposium, delivering papers on their research developments to date which were well received by the audience.

The Centre aims to keep the shipping industry continually informed of its research programme into areas which will potentially benefit seafarers of all ranks and nationalities. The next event will be held in two years time.


Notes to Editors:

1. Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)

The Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) is a constituent research centre of Cardiff School of Social Sciences. Established in 1995, SIRC possesses a unique capacity to conduct professional scientific research solely focused on seafarers. Conducting research into all aspects of seafarers’ lives, SIRC is an internationally recognised Centre of excellence, with staff and researchers drawn from industry-specific and academic backgrounds. The Centre Research projects have been funded by the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council, International Labour Office, the International Maritime Organisation, the International Transport Workers' Federation, the International Transport Workers' Seafarers' Trust, NUMAST, and the UK Government's Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Health and Safety Executive.

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2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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