The World Health Organisation recognizes World Mental Health Day on October 10th to remind us the importance of awareness in a growing topic for the business world globally. In an era where most working people have less time and more stress, mental health is a big topic and the maritime could not stay unaffected.
Ships are considered to be high-risk environments for legionellosis. The term legionellosis is a general one that describes infections with Legionella and that lead to a range of pneumonic (affecting the lungs) and non-pneumonic diseases. Legionella is a pathogenic group of Gram-negative bacteria that includes the species L. pneumophila, causing legionellosis including a pneumonia-type illness called Legionnaires’ disease and a mild flu-like illness called Pontiac fever.
Oil major Shell has revealed plans to reverse the working rotas for its offshore operations in the UK North Sea. Starting from May 2019, the company will move to two weeks offshore and three weeks onshore (2/3) rotas, following a campaign by Scotland’s largest offshore union.
As part of its crew health scheme series, the UK Club informed that it has observed a recent number of heart disease cases involving young seafarers. Healthy lifestyle choices can positively reduce the risk of getting heart disease or prevent deterioration of the condition.
Maritime New Zealand is reminding the 7,200 seafarers who have ring-fenced their ‘tickets’ they need a medical certificate to keep working. The medical certificate is due two years from the date a seafarer verification card was issued. Maritime NZ ring-fenced over 10,000 legacy seafarer certificates by 1 September 2017.
September 10 marked the World Suicide Prevention Day through activities including educational and commemorative events, press briefings and conferences, as well as Facebook and Twitter coverage. But is that enough to support our seafarers before it’s too late?
Seafarers are often exposed to difficult working conditions with multiple stressors and are at risk of panic attacks. The UK P&I Club recently received a report for a seafarer repatriated and diagnosed with panic disorder, insomnia and depression and proposes measures to tackle this issue.
The US Navy’s hospital ship ‘USNS Comfort’ will be deployed to Colombia this fall to provide medical care to an increasing regional humanitarian crisis, as Venezuelans try to leave the country due to a deteriorating health and political climate. The hospital ship will assist the Colombian medical services network.
France/USA-based aqua-tools said that cruise ships and ferry operators must do more to protect passengers from contracting Legionella and other infections from waterborne pathogens. A research paper published in June 2017 by the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, found high levels of Legionella in local ferries and cruise ships.
In January 2018, Maritime NZ surveyed people who hold fishing-related certificates, asking their experiences on fatigue and the steps they are taking to minimise it. Most of the 318 respondents were skippers and 82% have been working in the industry for more than 10 years.
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