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SeaSense – Expert Thinking on COVID-19 impact on seafarers

Among the complex consequences of the COVID-19 crisis was a major seafarer welfare issue, as crew mobility was minimized amid globally imposed travel bans. SAFETY4SEA in association with The North P&I Club, features a special column including expert perspectives on critical issues with respect to COVID-19 impact on seafares.

Three reasons why Filipino seafarers are the happiest crew

Seafarers from the Philippines are the most satisfied seafarer group by nationality serving onboard ships, as shown by the SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness survey. The difference with the other nationalities was actually so wide that it could lead us to assume that there is a correlation between nationality and happiness onboard.

Infographic: Who are the happiest seafarers onboard?

SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness survey was conducted in Q4 2019 and involved 9,768 seafarers serving onboard 1,072 ships. The survey addressed the level of satisfaction in the five aspects of wellbeing: Social, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual.

Behavioral safety: Loss prevention through safety culture

During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum, Capt. Rohit Tandon, Head of Operations/ DPA/CSO, FML Ship Management Ltd Cyprus, focused on the behavioral safety as key component of an efficient safety culture. Even after best systems and procedures Incidents occur, Capt. Tandon noted, as unsafe behavior is an early warning system for accidents.

Fuel performance monitoring in real life: problems and solutions

During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum, Giampiero Soncini, Marine Division – Chief Executive Officer, IB Marine, focused on fuel management on board ships, commenting that efficient fuel monitoring can be achieved through digitalization. Sharing the strengths of digitalizing onboard data, he concluded that fuel performance is different in theory and in practice, given that the majority of vessels are old, and that digitalization needs planning in order to be effective.

Technology highlights and lessons learnt

During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Klaus Bärnthaler, Vice President- Marine Solutions, ANDRITZ AG, shared several technology highlights based from his experience on scrubbers. Following technological investigations, ANDRITZ decided to use open spray scrubber design for his U-type scrubbers, as it has proved to increase safety, reduce pressure drop, scrubber footprint and weight.

Increasing efficiency through hybrid technology

During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Giannis Moraitakis, Senior Business and Sales Development Manager, Wärtsilä, presented how shipping can increase efficiency through the use of hybrid technology. As he described, using big data, long with machine learning and simulation tools, can identify the needs of a vessel, so operators can act accordingly.

LPG as marine bunker fuel: The alternative solution for the future

During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Nikos Xydas, Technical Director, World LPG Association (WLPGA), gave emphasis on LPG as marine bunker fuel. According to Mr. Xydas, LPG provides an increased efficiency by approximately 11% in comparison to compliant fuels. What is more, the abundance of the fuel, and the existence of relevant infrastructure are key points to its upcoming.

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