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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!

APM Terminals in Kenya offer eye test for truck drivers to enhance safety

APM Terminals collaborated with non-profit group TwoBillionEyes Foundation to offer free eye tests and corrective glasses for truck drivers. The move seeks to create new employment opportunities and improves terminals’ cargo shipping. As explained, truck drivers’ unclear vision affects safety of the people and the efficient operation of the terminals.

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.

UK Club offers access to mindfulness recordings

UK Club’s Crew Health team announced that it will now be offering its operators access to mindfulness recordings. By practising mindfulness, an individual can relax when feeling stressed or worried. UK Club has collaborated with Andrew Johnson, who helps people relax through self-care MP3 downloads, Apps and workshops.

World Diabetes Day: What seafarers need to know

How many of your crew members know how to care for a co-worker with diabetes? History has shown that diabetes does not make exemption to those working onboard ships. However, the industry can help people with diabetes by investing in education and prevention. What is your organization doing, though?

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