maritime health

ECSA, ETF call EU Ministers for Health to assist with crew changes

In a digital meeting, ECSA and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) called on EU Ministers for Health, to assist in the implementation of the IMO protocols to ensure safe ship crew changes in the EU Member States’ ports without further delay.

Watch: 5 tips to help seafarers cope with stress during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic led to crew change restrictions and challenges for the seafarers, resulting to immense stress. Thus, Christopher L. Hall – Managing Director (Hong Kong), SCB Management Consulting Services, Ltd. and Business Development Director (Asia) – offers five things that the industry can do now to help seafarers cope with feelings of anxiety and/or depression.

How to tackle head injuries on board

The type of work conducted on board and the many confined spaces may lead to head injuries, among other hazards. In fact, head injuries is one of the common injuries for crew members while on duty due to failure to use safety equipment (helmets); inappropriate or damaged PPE; slip and fall accidents; accidents involving cranes and cargo; and improperly stored equipment.

Despite pre-joining medical examination seafarers report sick

Gard is seeing significant number of cases where the seafarer who was declared fit for the contractual duration under medication, reports sick because of either a lack of medication or simply not being able to manage his or her medication routine.

Seafarers’ denied access to medical care in the spotlight

Seafarers are at the forefront of the pandemic, having to deal with many challenges. Except crew change restrictions, the matter of seafarers being denied access to medical care at ports has been the centre of discussions lately.

What to know about COVID-19 testing

The COVID-19 pandemic presents major challenges to seafarers and shipowners due to the lockdown of countries, travel restrictions, and problems accessing healthcare ashore when needed. One of the critical features in addressing the pandemic has been testing for the disease. Gard answers some of the questions.

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