Improving Seafarer Safety and Welfare: Innovation Challenge Seeks Solutions

17 August 2020

World Ocean Council (WOC) Supports Thetius’ Call for Proposals from Startups and SMEs to Improve Life at Sea for Mariners

In partnership with Inmarsat and Shell Shipping and Maritime, Thetius has launched an Innovation Challenge in search for novel solutions to improve crew safety and welfare. Applications close on 16 September.

WOC – the Global Blue Economy Business Organization – invites support for Thetius’ efforts to seek solutions across four challenge areas:
  1. Improving the safety of deck operations
  2. Minimizing fatigue on board
  3. Reducing administration onboard ships and enabling remote auditing
  4. Improving the overall welfare of seafarers on board

From the submitted applications, a shortlist will be generated, and successful solutions invited to pitch their idea to a decision-making jury. The majority of the jury will be made up of serving seafarers, with representatives from Inmarsat, Shell and the welfare sector also taking part.

The team behind the selected proposal will be awarded a £10,000 GBP cash grant, funded by Inmarsat, to test their idea by implementing a proof of concept onboard a Shell vessel equipped with Inmarsat’s communication and digital capabilities. The cash will be awarded upfront to the winning solution provider, and the winner startup will receive support from Thetius, Shell and Inmarsat to implement their idea.

Paul Holthus, WOC Founding President and CEO, stated, “The men and women working in shipping and the other sectors of the ocean economy are vital to all of us, especially in this time of crisis. They are essential to the flow of food, medicine, medical supplies, energy and other goods though global supply chains. This innovation challenge is an important opportunity to identify and test practical solutions to the very real issues affecting seafarer welfare.”

The deadline for solution proposals is 16 September at 23:00 UTC.
For more information and to apply, click here.