SAFETY4SEA

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.

Maritime telehealth and its benefits for people onboard

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.

Wellness at sea: Training and surveys

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.

How to improve crew welfare at sea

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.

Addressing mental health issues in 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.

Crew mental health

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.

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