The American Club recently experienced an increase in illness claims regarding heat exposure. In order to supply a loss prevention response to this trend, the Club collaborated with Wise Health Inc. Seafarer Outreach to produce guidance to improve seafarers’ awareness of measures to avoid such illnesses. The guidance describes heat-related illnesses, and discusses proactive measures to prevent them.
As the Gard Club informs, seafarers carrying the European Health Insurance Card benefit from access to medical treatment free of charge or at reduced cost in all EU/EEA countries. The European Health Insurance Card presents that seafarers are members of the national health insurance scheme in their respective home countries and makes it more easy to access healthcare services during temporary visits abroad.
Greenpeace launched ‘In Deep Water’ report to highlight the fatal impacts deep sea mining has in the marine environment. Deep sea mining is severe and potentially irreversible to environmental health, both at the mine sites and beyond. The deep ocean’s biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is barely understood and robust risk mitigation is not possible.
As part of its Crew Health Advice series, the UK Club issued guidance for sepsis, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition which is caused by the body’s overreaction to an infection, and affects the organs and tissues, leading even to death.
British seafarer welfare charity Mission to Seafarers announced the launch of its new WeCare Social Communications and Financial Literacy training programme, a training initiative aiming to address rising levels of stress among seafarers brought on by financial pressures and the misuse of social networking platforms.
The American P&I Club shared figures on its PEME program for 2017-2018, noting that most medical conditions observed were lifestyle related, attributed to seafarer’s dietary habits. The Club has also seen a general trend and rise in the incidences of Hep B and Hep C conditions globally.
ISWAN announced that it is offering a new training course to provide management-level personnel on shore and on board ships with an introduction to mental health awareness. The course is also suitable for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of mental health at sea and how to support crew.
Challenges on board ships put not only seafarers’ strengths, but also their emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and health under strain. Lately, the focus shifts towards management-level personnel on shore and on board ships for supporting seafarers. This article is a look into different ways to encourage seafarers’ wellness.
Höegh Autoliners focuses on the importance of seafarers’ wellness when at sea, highlighting that is crucial to ensure that good mental and physical health is not only a matter for the individual but for the organisation as a whole. Seafarers face many challenges when onboard, travelling for many days; The long time away from family and friends is amongst the most challenging situations they face.
International maritime charity Sailors’ Society calls American shipping companies to make sure their seafarers receive wellness training to best prepare them for life at sea. The move coincides with National Maritime Day (22 May) and it responds to a study into seafarers’ mental health the charity carried out with Yale University, which highlighted that over a quarter of seafarers suffer from depression.
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