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Suicide thoughts: How to support seafarers before it’s too late

September 10 marked the World Suicide Prevention Day through activities including educational and commemorative events, press briefings and conferences, as well as Facebook and Twitter coverage. But is that enough to support our seafarers before it’s too late?  

Dealing with stress and panic attacks

Seafarers are often exposed to difficult working conditions with multiple stressors and are at risk of panic attacks. The UK P&I Club recently received a report for a seafarer repatriated and diagnosed with panic disorder, insomnia and depression and proposes measures to tackle this issue.

US sends hospital ship to Colombia to help with humanitarian crisis

The US Navy’s hospital ship ‘USNS Comfort’ will be deployed to Colombia this fall to provide medical care to an increasing regional humanitarian crisis, as Venezuelans try to leave the country due to a deteriorating health and political climate. The hospital ship will assist the Colombian medical services network.

Passenger ships should step up attempts to prevent Legionella

France/USA-based aqua-tools said that cruise ships and ferry operators must do more to protect passengers from contracting Legionella and other infections from waterborne pathogens. A research paper published in June 2017 by the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, found high levels of Legionella in local ferries and cruise ships.

Fatigue in fishing: Facts and figures

In January 2018, Maritime NZ surveyed people who hold fishing-related certificates, asking their experiences on fatigue and the steps they are taking to minimise it. Most of the 318 respondents were skippers and 82% have been working in the industry for more than 10 years.

Infographic: How to mitigate fatigue in fishing sector

Fatigue is a main problem for commercial fishing, often the cause of devastating and sometimes even fatal accidents. In the latest issue of its Lookout publication, Maritime New Zealand shared an infographic citing the key causes of fatigue in fishing sector and best practices when there is struggle to sleep at sea.

Infographic: Managing worries at sea

Many of the things that cause stress for seafarers aren’t things that can be changed, like being away from home for extended periods. In their recent ‘Managing Stress and Sleeping Well at Sea’ guide, ISWAN and Shipowners Club provide a useful infographic for managing worries at sea.

UK P&I Club warns about the risk of hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Medical examination results obtained from the UK P&I Club PEME clinic network show that 10.1% of crew unfitness is related to hepatitis, while 8.5% of the total crew found unfit due to Hepatitis B. There are five types of hepatitis viruses, identified by the letters A, B,C,D, and E.

New survey to focus on welfare of superyacht crew

In partnership with MHG Insurance Brokers, ISWAN announced the launch of a survey for seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues to this specific sector. Questions will vary from food, cabins and communications, to the health and wellbeing of the men and women working onboard.

Why Asbestos still needs to be on your radar

Emily Walsh, community outreach director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, talks about the danger that asbestos poses. This mineral was commonly used for construction and building, but can set marine workers’ health at risk. Ms. Walsh explains how asbestos spreads and why it is a problem.

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