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.
In light of the unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic, Capt. Nestoras Grigoropoulos, DPA at Sea Traders S.A., discusses ways for the shipping companies to avoid disruptions within their operations and enhance their resilience.
During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Nanda Kumar Krishnan, CEO & Founder, Evitalz Information Management Pvt. Ltd, gave emphasis on the health of crew on board. As he explains, digitalization and new technologies that have given the possibility for maritime telehealth to evolve, thus helping seafarers. Such technologies bring shore-like services on board, making diagnoses easier.
During the first SAFETY4SEA Forum in Manila, Gavin Lim, Regional Development Manager for Asia, Sailors’ Society talked about wellness at sea training and surveys, highlighting that companies should adopt new ways to engage in promoting on board health and well-being, since the current definition of wellness looks at the human being’s holistic nature.
Dr. Phil Sharples, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical, discussed how mainstream healthcare is embracing technology to deliver higher quality medical care and how some of these initiatives could apply to the maritime industry.
During Posidonia 2018, SAFETY4SEA team met with Mr. Dave White, Global Director of Sales and Proposition – Medical, UnitedHealthcare Global, for an exclusive interview on good mental health for crews onboard. In the maritime field, the company provides medics and doctors to ships and rigs globally.
David Nichol, Thomas Miller Hellas, talks about important issues related to crew mental health, highlighting that a broad range of factors, including anxiety, social isolation, pressure of work and disturbed sleep, can negatively influence the mental health of seafarers. Crew fitness evaluations have previously given emphasis to physical health and it is only relatively recently that due attention is being given to the mental wellbeing of seafarers. Therefore, the UK P&I Club places a high priority on the matter by raising awareness to the problem and in providing support and advice to its members.
- Maritime Health
Update 19th October: Live map depicts spread of coronavirus19/10/2020
IG Clubs: the plight of seafarers should be high on everyone’s agenda19/10/2020
UK MAIB warning: CO alarms onboard can save lives19/10/2020
UN waits for access to decaying Yemen tanker19/10/2020
Malta stops passengers disembarking from MSC Grandiosa over COVID-19 suspicions19/10/2020
UKCS hydrocarbon output never to rise above 2 million boepd again, Rystad says19/10/2020
New Code of Practice for offshore pipeline and umbilical installation systems launched19/10/2020
Japan to release Fukushima contaminated water into sea19/10/2020
Baltic Exchange: Maritime market highlights 12-16 Oct19/10/2020
Pirates kidnap crewmember of LNG carrier off Equatorial Guinea19/10/2020