Dealing with mental illness on board
Depression, anxiety, and psychoses are mental illnesses that affect a lot of people. However, according to Skuld Club, their impacts could be more severe to seafarers due to the nature of their work. For this reason, a timely diagnosis is needed, as well as the appropriate treatment of the person during and after presenting signs of a mental illness.
Healthy food and physical exercise improves seafarers health
Healthy food and physical exercise onboard should become a part of every seafarer's life as maintaining good health at sea is challenging and most crew members spend more time onboard than at home. The cornerstone of a long career at sea is to ensure a healthy lifestyle and to reduce the risk for lifestyle diseases.
How to improve crew welfare at sea
Dr. Phil Sharples, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical, discussed how mainstream healthcare is embracing technology to deliver higher quality medical care and how some of these initiatives could apply to the maritime industry. These initiatives include the utilization of low bandwidth video consultations to improve accessibility of medical care onboard.
Career Paths: Connie Roozen, C&B More
In our special column, we are delighted to host an interview with Mrs. Connie Roozen who has founded her own tax law firm, C&B More, specialized in the maritime industry. Mrs Roozen explains us how she decided to join the industry while as an active member of WISTA she advocates for diversification in shipping
Frederick University: Maritime training needs to keep pace with changes
Given that maritime industry operates in a dynamic and changing environment, it is vital to keep pace with latest developments; thus training should not be limited only to technical and operational skills, Dr. Angelos Menelaou, Frederick University says.
Experience Transfer and Best Practices beyond compliance
During the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore, Mr. Reji Joseph, Marine HR Manager, Wallem Ship Management, Singapore, shared best practices from the company’s strategy aiming to achieve safety and operational excellence beyond compliance.
Port State Control: A Flag State Perspective
During the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore, Mr. Richard Dias, Regional Technical Manager for International Registries (Far East) Limited, talked about PSC from a flag State perspective, noting that there is a balance between the flag State’s role of providing service and enforcing regulations.
Lessons learned from US maritime casualties in 2017
The NTSB issued its 'Safer Seas' annual report providing an overview of key lessons to be learned from the most major maritime casualties, noting that many of the issues noted in last year's reports were recurring topics, such as fatigue, poor bridge resource management, and distraction.
Overwhelmed bilge pump leads to sinking
UK MAIB analyzed the sinking of a fishing vessel as its bilge pump was overwhelmed by the volume of water ingress. Notable is that the vessel was certified with most recent surveys revealing no areas of concern. MAIB highlighted that the two men onboard were saved as they had enough time to collect and don their emergency use lifejackets.
Lessons learned: A PFD or lifejacket is useless unless worn
In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzed an accident concerning an open boat that was upturned in the sea. The skipper was fortunate enough to escape without using a life vessel, although he was not wearing his lifejacket, as he was carrying a waterproof mobile phone.