Crew wellbeing has become a hot issue in recent years both in the maritime sphere and beyond. With a view to increasing understanding of the strains on seafarers’ mental health, and on the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer 2018, the ITF Seafarers Trust announced a new research in cooperation with Yale University.
On the occasion of ‘Day of the Seafarer 2018’ focusing on wellbeing, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and the World Maritime University announced a new crew welfare training programme designed to equip maritime professionals with key skills and knowledge to support welfare onboard.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight onboard is important for crew’s overall health and can help them prevent and control many diseases and conditions. The lifestyle changes onboard, emotional factors, genetics and some hormone problems may cause an abnormal increase in the size and the amount of fat cells in the body resulting in overweight and obesity.
Working on ships is a challenging profession that needs energy at all times. That is why fatigue is seen as a significant contributory factor to many incidents in shipping industry and one of the major concerns for seafarers.
Seafarers’ rights to be treated fairly and enjoy quality of life at sea is the focus this year’s Day of the Seafarer campaign, on 25 June, under the theme: Seafarer’s wellbeing. Day of the Seafarer 2018 will provide a platform to advocate for higher standards of welfare, says IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim.
The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association has published a report on crane operator health and safety, including 20 recommendations for crane manufacturers and terminal operators on how to improve rubber tyred gantry (RTG) and container crane cabin ergonomics and safety.
For seafarers mental health issues are a very important matter. These can include the pressures of being separation from family and isolation. For this reason, the UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers have created new guidelines to help shipping companies set up policies on mental well-being.
Potable water on ships must be obtained only from those water sources and water supplies that provide potable water and are approved by the health administration or health authority.
The US Center for Disease Control issued a Travel Health Alert Notice regarding Measles outbreaks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, noting that measles remains a common disease in these regions. CDC warned that anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.
Well-being is defined as a state of being “comfortable, healthy, or happy”, which can be easily disrupted however by outside influences, such as family and relationship problems, depression, loneliness and financial issues. Subsequently, seafarers who are struggling with well-being issues could be more vulnerable to illness or injury.
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