ICMA Crisis Preparedness Course


The ICMA Crisis Preparedness Course is now ready for your participation! Just click on this CPC link, enter your email, and follow the prompts. All you need is a flash player, usually available with more Internet browsers. Start today on this new offering from ICMA to all involved with the welfare of seafarers. Those who finish will have basic certification and receive a certificate of completion of the course.

The ICMA Crisis Preparedness Committee, CPC, trains and guides ICMA members in assisting seafarers and their families in times of crisis

In a serious crisis or disaster situation, we the Church in the maritime world, have a twofold task. We must cooperate with national and local emergency services, with port authorities, with partner organisations, seafarers’ centres and churches in bringing help. Most importantly we must also ensure that we treat each person involved as an individual human being with individual needs.

After a series of presentations at ICMA events, the CPC are now preparing an interactive DVD that will allow chaplains and centre personnel to be trained remotely.  The project is being conducted with the support of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust.

Crisis Preparedness Handbook

The Crisis Preparedness Handbook is currently under review. It is available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. It will shortly be available to download from the ICMA Publications page.

Members of the Crisis Preparedness Committee

The Crisis Preparedness Committee comprises three senior members of ICMA member organisations together with an independent consultant.


From left to right:

  • Dr Marion Gibson (specialist consultant),
  • Reverend Canon Ken Peters
  • Father Bruno Ciceri
  • Reverend Margith Pedersen

Recommended readingorder-from-chaos-cover

ICMA is pleased to recommend “Order from chaos, responding to traumatic events” by Dr Marion Gibson, published by Policy Press. Dr Gibson is a distinguished consultant in psychological trauma management. She has been advising the ICMA CPC since 1990. Further information can be found on Dr Gibson’s website at www.drmariongibson.com