Workplace Safety Screenings Announces New Seafarer Venture
Workplace Safety Screenings (WSS), the leading provider of workplace health and safety services, is pleased to announce the establishment of Port Health, a seafarer-focused healthcare venture, headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Port Health is a full-service medical provider dedicated to providing 24/7 access to quality health care while on board and in port for international seafarers. The company provides emergency services, virtual and onboard examinations, and advocates for seafarers to secure necessary medical care. Port Health is the only medical services company in the Texas Gulf Coast to provide onboard services for shipping crews.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the visionary founder and CEO of WSS, Tona Trondsen, was entrusted with managing crew medical needs for seafarers, as testing and medical care became challenging to handle and vaccine administration was critical. As an early participant of the International Seafarer Vaccination Program, WSS provided over 26,000 immunizations throughout the United States Gulf Coast and provided onboard medical care to multilingual crew and personnel.
Trondsen was born in Norway to a Norwegian ship captain, and as a result, she possesses a unique perspective and valuable insight into the maritime industry. Port Health is a natural addition to WSS as the business of delivering health and medical services continues to expand.
Port Health eliminates the complexity and expense of offboarding seafarers by deploying professional medical teams onboard ships, thereby streamlining the operation for Shipping Agents, Ship Management, and Ship Owners. Port Health specialists are multilingual, including Tagalog and Hindi, ensuring that there are no communication barriers between providers and personnel. By treating seafarers onboard, the requirement to get visas for seafarers is eliminated. The Port of Houston sees an average of 19,000 seafarers a month.
The company’s medical professionals provide efficient care through virtual follow-ups. Port Health is committed to advocating for seafarers and delivering comprehensive, timely, and effective medical support. With its comprehensive medical services, the company is committed to ensuring that sailors receive the best care available, regardless of their location.
Source: Port Health