Adopting habits that increase our emotional health and wellbeing, seafarers can build a reserve of strength that can be called upon when they need it most. Here are seven ways; seven small changes in daily seafarers’ life to maintain a good health while working in a such challenging working environment.
Smoking causes damage to nearly every organ in the body and is directly responsible for a number of diseases; nonetheless the majority of the smokers find it difficult to quit. Although many believe that quitting smoking is an easy task, in fact, it is a physiological and psychological challenge.
In the latest release of their seafarers health information series, the Shipowners Club and ISWAN provide useful advice on how to address the causes of stress, as more and more seafarers often find themselves dealing with anxiety due to isolation and big workload.
The galley is one of the most critical compartments on board. Galleys are subject to MLC inspections, therefore, they must be kept in such a condition so that could not cause food borne diseases, which can put vessel and crew in danger and consequently shipowners to face unexpected costs.
Fatigue is a key aspect of human error-related maritime casualties and a main area of concern for seafarers who have to deal with shifts impacting their sleeping habits. In the latest edition of their seafarers health series, the Shipowners Club and ISWAN provided advice for seafarers working on shifts to tackle fatigue.
During Posidonia 2018, SAFETY4SEA team met with Mr. Dave White, Global Director of Sales and Proposition – Medical, UnitedHealthcare Global, for an exclusive interview on good mental health for crews onboard. In the maritime field, the company provides medics and doctors to ships and rigs globally.
In the latest release of their seafarers health information series, the Shipowners Club and ISWAN focus on controlled breathing as a means of relaxation from stress. As mental health issues are rising as a key area of concern for seafarers, the guide notes that it is important to recognise stress and take measures to manage it.
Shipowners’ Club in cooperation with ISWAN released an information booklet, aiming to support seafarers’ mental health. Namely, as the report says, managing stress and sleeping well at sea is an integral part of positive health and well-being on board. The guide offers practical to recognise stress and cope effectively.
In response of this year’s Day of the Seafarer, members of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations; UK Chamber of Shipping and the Royal Dutch Shipowners Association have each launched webpages signposting seafarers to mental health charities, chaplain services and support networks.
On the Day of the Seafarer 2018, Inmarsat published a new crew connectivity report revealing the impact on seafarers of being away at sea for months at a time with little or no internet access. The report showed that even limited access to Wi-Fi helped reduce some of the emotional stresses related to separation from families.
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