life onboard

Eastern Pacific upgrades accommodations to improve life onboard

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has unveiled an initiative aiming to improve the long term physical and mental wellbeing of its seafarers, including advanced accommodations and increased connectivity. The news comes in a time when thousands of seamen stay onboard for prolonged periods due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Maintaining self-distancing onboard

Living in the COVID-19, WHO suggests to maintain social distance of at least 1 metre from other persons to the extent possible. When it comes to life onboard, seafarers need to conduct daily work minimizing contact and close proximity to other seafarers

Do’s and don’ts to boost wellness at sea during pandemic

While life onboard with its harsh workload and isolation had already an adverse effect on crews’ mental health, the COVID-19 pandemic with its travel restrictions and limited mobility brought an even bigger anxiety to seafarers, who referred to their vessels as ‘floating prisons’.

Seafarers UK: Seafarers and their families need support to overcome the crew change crisis

Seafarer UK’s Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Spencer, notes the pandemic has negatively impacted seafarers’ mental health and wellbeing. Although there are helpful resources to support them, many appear to be trying hard to overcome what is being described as a ‘crew change crisis. Hence, Seafarers UK has released additional £2 million from reserves to support seafarers in need and their families.

How to maintain a healthy diet onboard

One of the major factors in chronic health problems is being overweight. Overweight prevention is as essential protection as protection from workplace chemicals and noise. In fact, obesity accounts for 2-7% of the total health costs in industrialized countries.

Building Resilience: Mental health tips for seafarers in need

Mental health issues among seafarers is an increasing area of concern, AMSA notes, considering that long periods of time separated from family and friends, long work hours, shift work and fatigue, along with the general operational hazards of seafaring, can all play their part in creating a stressful environment.

Five diseases seafarers should be aware of

Seafaring is considered among the most risky jobs, due to a combination of the hazardous nature of work, as well as the lifestyle onboard. Along with the risk of occupational accidents, seafarers have to deal with a demanding environment of increased stress and workload, triggering an adverse impact on their physical wellbeing. 

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