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World Mental Health Day: It’s ok to not be ok

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.

Tackling the threat of shipborne legionella: What you should know

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.

Shell changes North Sea working rotas to 2/3 pattern

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.

UK Club: Ten basic rules for a healthier heart

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. 

New Zealand: Ring-fenced seafarers need to get a medical certificate

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.

Suicide thoughts: How to support seafarers before it’s too late

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?  

Dealing with stress and panic attacks

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.

US sends hospital ship to Colombia to help with humanitarian crisis

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.

Passenger ships should step up attempts to prevent Legionella

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.

Fatigue in fishing: Facts and figures

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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