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Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) hosts 5th biennial International Symposium

03 July 2007

Cardiff University’s Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) will be hosting its 5th biennial International Symposium on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 July 2007. The Symposium has an invited audience of leading industry figures and it is an occasion by which the industry is kept informed of SIRC's work. The centre conducts research into areas which will potentially benefit seafarers of all ranks and nationalities.

SIRC aims to keep the shipping industry continually informed of its research programme. The symposium has been introduced at which invited guests can be informed of projects and freely discuss them in an open forum. Guests include: ship owners; ship managers; trade unionists; various seafarers' classification societies; Protection & Indemnity clubs, regulatory bodies including the International Labour Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation and international associations including the International Shipping Federation.

This year the opening speaker is Mr Peter Grant, Head of UK Commercial Shipping Policy from the Department for Transport. First Minister Rhodri Morgan will be welcoming the delegates to Wales and talking about the historical importance of shipping to Cardiff and Wales.

The research being presented includes:

Welfare services for seafarers.
Increasing shipping skills in the UK: ‘Bursting’ the industry myth of diminishing interest.
The ‘presence’ of absent seafarers.
Chemical risk management.
Accident and incident data.
Maritime incidents: Ways of seeing.
Thoughts on safety: the views of Chinese seafarers.
The practice of self-regulated health and safety management in the shipping industry.


Notes to Editors:

1. Seafarers International Research Centre for Safety and Occupational Health (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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