The Ministry for the Port, the University of Gibraltar and Maritime Medical Services Limited (MMS) have signed a MOU with the aim of establishing a Centre of Excellence for Seafarer Health and Mental Wellbeing in Gibraltar. The ultimate goal being to respond to current societal needs as well as shape personal and professional futures through the pursuit of education, training, and research.
With the full support of the Ministry for the Port, MMS will be assisting the University in delivering medical courses under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 1978. The parties will be developing and delivering specialized training on Mental Health Awareness for the Maritime Industry introducing mental health awareness for personnel on shore and on-board vessels including bespoke refresher type training. The MOU also provides for the development of mutually beneficial research projects, funding opportunities and/or consultancies aimed at seafarer health and mental wellbeing.