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ISWAN: Shipping companies must support seafarers with mental health issues

With the increasing awareness of how important mental health is for seafarers, ISWAN says that more needs to be done to change the culture in shipping. This will create more openness and less stigma about mental health. According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders.

Treating burns and scalds onboard

Seafarers should be very cautious when handling hot pipelines, steams and fires to avoid burns and scalds. Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by wet heat, electricity, or chemicals; both are treated in the same way while the amount of pain that the patient feels isn’t always related to how serious the burn is. Even a very serious burn may be relatively painless.

ISWAN study reveals superyachting crew faces challenges

ISWAN, partnered with MHG Insurance Brokers to launch a new research on seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues specific to the sector, backed up by in-depth interviews and diary studies. The research’s results were announced on December 7, at a seminar held at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London. 

New wellbeing programme for seafarers launched

Nautilus International’s latest strategic yacht partner and wellbeing specialist ZS Wellness has launched Actionable Individual Monitoring (AIM) – a holistic fitness and mental health wellbeing programme for those looking to improve their fitness while at sea. 

Challenges in the healthcare for crew members

Maritime professions are considered dangerous occupations. Being a member of the crew on board of the ships increases the chance of physical injury and loss of health, argues Mrs. Elena Donina Glukhman, Project Manager, Development & Cooperation Worldwide at AP Companies Global Solutions.

The Mission to Seafarers: Supporting seafarers during festive period

The Mission to Seafarers has reaffirmed its commitment to developing mental health services in 2019 in response to increasing concerns around mental wellbeing at sea to raise awareness of the issues as the loneliness many feel around the festive period as a result of being separated from their families and loved ones. 

Risks of high blood pressure among seafarers

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a medical condition in which constricted arterial blood vessels increase the resistance to blood flow, causing an increase in blood pressure against vessel walls. Thus, the heart must work harder to pump blood through the narrowed arteries and if the condition persists, damage to the heart and blood vessels is likely, increasing the risk for stroke, heart attack, and kidney or heart failure.

Mental health onboard: Assessing the Human and Economic cost

In an exclusive interview, Mr. Ray Barker, Head of Operations , ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network), explains why industry has increased its focus on seafarers’ mental health lately, referring to the major human and financial risks that could arise in case a seafarer had a mental health crisis while on duty

New Zealand: Medical and eyesight requirements for seafarers

Maritime New Zealand, New Zealand’s shipping regulatory agency informed seafarers who are applying for or renewing a certificate of competency or proficiency, or for those they want to use a ring-fenced certificate, that they need to prove that medical fitness and eyesight meet the required standards.

World AIDS Day: Know your HIV status even when onboard

In commemoration of World AIDS Day today, marking its 30th anniversary, we prepared an article-feature to spread awareness and help curb the rising cases of HIV infection and correct the stigma and discrimination that afflicts those living in this medical condition, and especially those working onboard. World AIDS Day 2018 theme encourages everyone to know their HIV status!

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