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.
We all feel stressed at times, although stress in the right amount is useful and essential for survival, the effects of stress can be unpleasant or uncomfortable. How useful could mindfulness be to seafarers though?
EMSA issued a review of Seafarer Statistics in the EU, based on data extracted from certificates and endorsements registered by EU Member States until 31 December 2016 and recorded in the STCW Information system. The data included in the report show that 174,780 masters and officers have valid certificates of competency.
Taking into consideration today’s training needs, CSMART offers online distance learning tools before the actual training, bridging the gap between theory and practice. For the future of maritime training, a key challenge could be how to cultivate knowledge beyond compliance, Capt. Hans Hederstrom, Managing Director of CSMART mentions, due to increased operational complexity and emerging risks.
Foreign flag passenger vessels arriving in the US that embark passengers for the first time or make an initial US port call while carrying US citizens as passengers must take part in the Initial Certificate of Compliance exam process. Vessels returning to service after absence from the US must also participate in the ICOC exam process.
As Human Rights at Sea informed seventeen seafarers were abandoned on the island of Kish by their respective shipping companies with salaries of almost two years and their identification papers confiscated. The allegations include food-poisoning, limited access to clean water and denial of medical treatments.
Seafarers who want to embark or disembark at the Fujairah port in United Arab Emirates will now have to obtain a 96 hour online visa. However, nationals from the Gulf Cooperation Council Oman, Saudi, Kuwait and Bahrain, will not require such a visa. Until now, Fujairah Port was granting on-arrival visas for 48 countries
Solent University in Southampton is carrying out a year-long project examining seafarers’ welfare which focuses on mentoring seafarers. The Mentoring Seafarers’ Project is looking at what the industry is offering in terms of mentoring provision, highlighting how it can help to combat issues faced at sea in order to improve the wellbeing of seafarers.
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.
There is a lot talk about ‘human element’ in the maritime industry; the human element, which lies at the heart of shipping, is blamed for the majority of the accidents. In this regard, the industry has taken significant steps to address human factor issues and UK MCA’s Deadly Dozen is one of them.
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