For seafarers, the likelihood of contracting an Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is increased, due to their unsettled lifestyles and a lack of access to necessary precautions. The Shipowners P&I Club in partnership with ISWAN has isued guidance which dispels some of the common misconceptions about sexually transmitted infections and provides seafarers’ with advice for safe sex.
Dental problems are often a major cause for concern amongst seafarers. Therefore, the UK P&I Club has issued report on the issue as these claims frequently occur and can lead to repatriation of crew, which has a further impact on the safe manning of the ship and other delays to ship operations.
The Shipowners P&I Club notes that seafarers are more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general population, especially depression and anxiety. Mental health continues to be a cause of Club claims. The causes of mental health problems among seafarers often relate to their social isolation.
The Shipowners’ P&I Club provides advice to seafarers on how to maintain their dental hygiene on board as they can spend weeks at sea on a voyage with limited access to regular and advanced dental care whilst at sea.
The Shipowners’ P&I Club highlights key factors that can harm seafarers’ skin while on board, and provides advice on how to protect and take care of their skin
The UK P&I Club has announced that over the last 12 months, several cases of illness on ships indicate possible dehydration in the underlying health of the crew. The majority of these cases concern crew who have suffered from kidney stones.
The sedentary lifestyle reflected onboard ships can lead to overweight crew members. The Shipowners P&I Club has issued two publications concerning maintaining a healthy weight which give guidelines and share advice on the topic.
The UK P&I Club has issued a brochure focusing on crew’s mental health. PEME team together with their accredited clinics provide advice and information on a range of illnesses affecting crew.
The Shipowners P&I Club has published Guidelines for Food Safety on Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels in order to set a good basis for training courses on health care and hygiene in all maritime training settings.
Claims related to illness have been frequently notified to the Shipowners P&I Club, with the number of claims reported remaining steady in number over the last five policy years. The Club partnered with the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and issued guidance on maintaining a healthy diet onboard merchant marine ships
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