New and Old Maritime Industries: Future occupational health challenges

As traditional maritime industries evolve and newer industries become more established, what does the future hold? The course will look at the current occupational health practices across the sectors of the maritime industry – what is best practice, what is lacking in regulation and application?

From the more established merchant shipping and offshore petroleum industry to the diverse fishing sector and in the newer areas of wind farms and fish agriculture – what are the current issues, what can we learn from each other, how can we cooperate and what challenges will the future bring?

Course objectives

The course will review occupational health practice and challenges across the maritime sector. In particular, we will look at how these may change as we move into the future and as other industries develop.

Key to the course is identifying areas of common interest between the different sectors of the maritime industry, exploring lessons learnt that can be shared between sectors and looking for ways that we can cooperate moving forward.

Target group

  • Occupational health professionals
  • Professionals in the field of maritime medicine with an interest in occupational health
  • Maritime professionals with an interest in occupational health and the working environment
  • HR directors and staff
  • HSE personnel
  • Workers unions across the maritime industry

Course outline

The course will consist of a number of lectures delivered by experts within the different areas. There will also be some sessions of group work considering issues in detail. Group work will be followed by plenary sessions to enable wider discussion of the points raised. Personal experience and case examples will be used to demonstrate the subject matters included.

Main topics

The worker

  • What is the workplace in the different sectors?
  • Mental health issues in different industries
  • Changes in job demands in a streamlined workforce
  • The challenges for the remote worker (autonomous ships etc)


  • Occupational health and safety regulation in the different industries
  • The challenges of working with different regulations for different tasks
  • The role of research in developing regulation
  • Guidelines for medical selection in the new industries


  • Changing practice in the offshore industry
  • How is exposure to new chemicals monitored and regulated? What are the new challenges?
  • New achievements in personal protection


  • Working in all weathers
  • Climate change
  • Exploring remote areas

Registration deadline

August 10th 2021



The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 450 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 450
  • The day package II fee of EUR 230
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 450 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 900 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 450).

    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 and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 230 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 680 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 230).

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

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 28th - 30th of September 2021 at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen, Norway.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel through this link (available until 27.8.2021).

    The room price for a standard room is NOK 1295/night (approximately EUR 120) including breakfast.

    The block reservation will be available until 27th of August 2021. We recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by August 12th, 2021: full refund

    Cancellations received by August 13th, 2021 or later: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leader
Suzanne Stannard, Medical adviser
The Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital, Norway

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Morten Jakobsen
mobile: +358 40 126 3336


The maritime industry consists of many different sectors, many of which are often overlooked as we focus on shipping. However, we should include such areas as Offshore petroleum industry Fishing Offshore wind farms Fish agriculture In some sectors occupational health practice is well regulated, well established and an integral part…

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Course Leader

Suzanne Stannard

General information

Course fee and payment 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. Accommodation For more information about accommodation options, please see the…

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