Sailors’ Society issued the latest version of its Wellness at Sea app, aiming to further combat high rates of cardiovascular conditions and mental health disorders among seafarers.
The enhancements to the free app include healthy living tips, recipes and exercises for users, to help them monitor and maintain their physical and mental health at home, in port and at sea. Seafarers often tackle with fatigue and poor mental health, resulting from stresses of everyday life at sea and the long contracts away from loved ones.
“The wellbeing of the world’s seafarers is paramount to us and we hope that the newest additions to the app will enable users to further monitor their fitness and in turn help to minimise poor health or incidents at sea”, said Sandra Welch, deputy CEO and director of programme, Sailors’ Society.
The new elements of the app could not come soon enough, with annual statistics from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency detailing cardiovascular conditions, obesity, diabetes and depression among the top 10 most common reasons for seafarers failing their medicals.
A recent UK P&I Club study also revealed that a career seafaring is the second most at risk of suicide with 15 per cent of deaths at sea caused as result.
The Wellness at Sea app offers interactive challenges on five key elements of wellbeing – social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual – and users receive daily feedback enabling them to monitor their progress. It also holds port directories and contact details for services offered by maritime welfare organisations including Apostleship of the Sea, German Seamen’s Mission, ITF, Mission to Seafarers, NAMMA and Sailors’ Society, and enables users to track their journey using AIS data provided by MarineTraffic.
The app is sponsored by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, managing a fleet of 600 ships and with over 18,000 seafarers.
Recipes, provided by Seachef, BSM’s hospitality services business, aim to cater for the variety of nationalities that tend to make up the modern crew and offer a range of healthy meat and vegetable dishes. The exercise section, supplied by WorkoutLabs, includes short workouts and longer exercises that could be done during breaks or on shore leave.