Published on 01 Oct 2021

In BSM we are passionate about building unique learning opportunities for youth and are committed to making a positive impact on local and global communities.

In 2021, we partnered up with Junior Achievement in Europe and Asia-Pacific to organise the first maritime-themed Online Innovation Camp for secondary students around the world. This event took place between the 23 rd until 30 th September 2021 with the theme ‘Building Stronger Minds’.

Inspired by the hardships faced by all in 2020 with the pandemic outbreak, we challenged secondary students to develop innovative solutions for tackling mental health at sea and shore. BSM volunteers participated as speakers, jury members and mentors supporting and guiding the students in developing their ideas to a practical solution.

All teams pitched their ideas in front of the jury and the winning team was selected and announced on September 30 th , to celebrate the World Maritime Day and the importance of seafarers in our industry. The winning team called SMART from the Philippines offered their unique solution which included a set of smartwatches, a multi-purpose box and satellite-powered internet which could help seafarers stay connected with their beloved ones.

We are proud of supporting innovative thinking in the classroom while inspiring and encouraging our young learners to explore new educational and professional paths in the shipping sector. Our goal is to continue our efforts in organising more Innovation Camps globally and reach out to as many students as possible.

“I am really impressed by all the teams; it was really difficult for us to find the top three ideas. What I want to say is that hopefully, we are going to see some of you in an internship or why not, future employment with BSM because we want people with your energy, passion and creativity” – Elena Pantazidou, Group HR Shore Director