Managing Medical Emergencies at Sea

Managing Medical Emergencies at Sea

30th October – 1st November 2018
Hotel Marienlyst, Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark

For health care professionals and related staff, including those working within shipping companies, P&I clubs, in the medical selection of seafarers, as providers of remote medical assistance services and in port health clinics.

About this course

Medical emergencies aboard ships at sea pose a continuing risk to the life and health of seafarers. They also have adverse financial and operational consequences for ship operators.

This course will consider how such risks can be prevented and mitigated, both by action in advance of an incident and by effective management of emergencies when they arise. Approaches to predicting and assessing the likelihood of medical emergencies will be presented. Methods for the critical analysis of the effectiveness with which they are managed will be discussed and evaluated. Risk assessment and risk management will be considered in an integrated way to enable participants to develop the skills for optimizing procedures within the maritime sector and thus ensuring safer working conditions for seafarers.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Tuesday.

We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 450).

EUR 450

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees and lunches.

Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

EUR 200


26th – 28th of October 2020 at Hotel Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland.

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel by email to using the booking code “NIVA” (available until 2.10.2020).

Single The room price for a single standard room is EUR 115/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool) and the price for a double room EUR 134/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool). room: 128 €/night (including breakfast).

The block reservation will be available until 2nd of October 2020.

EUR 115 – 134 / night

Course objectives

The course will consist of:

  • presentations on different aspects of managing the risks of medical emergencies at sea given by lecturers with expertise in each aspect,
  • discussion sessions on key topics,
  • sessions of group work based on scenarios and case studies.
  • plenary sessions to enable wider discussion of the points raised during group work.
  • participants will have opportunities to share personal experiences and perspectives with one another as part of the learning process.

General course fee information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Subject background

Seafaring is a high-risk occupation, which has specific issues in responding to injury and illness, both at sea and in ports distant from the seafarer’s home country.  There is scope for improving the care, survival and recovery of seafarers who become injured or acutely ill. There have been a number of recent developments in this area that have considerable potential:

  • innovative methods for training of officers in medical care have been pioneered;
  • protocols for medical care when remote from medical assistance have been developed for use in settings similar to seafaring;
  • maritime satellite broadband coverage now enables two way video links to be used to give telemedical support to those managing medical emergencies on board ship;
  • medical evacuation procedures have been enhanced.

The maritime industry and those who provide care and assistance to it have yet to take full advantage of these developments. The course will provide the setting for presentation and discussion of these developments and help to build a body of informed health professional expertise to bring these changes into use for the benefit of seafarers and the maritime industry.

Course leader

Suzanne Stannard

Suzanne Stannard

  • Medical adviser, The Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital, NO

Course lecturers

Agnar Tveten

Arne Johan Ulven

Hege Sofie Imsen

  • Chief Physician, The Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital, NO
Henrik Hansen

Henrik Hansen

Marie Hamming

Marie Bohn Hamming

Tim Carter

Tim Carter

Vivek Menon

Vivek Menon

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