Shipowners can improve communication, to prevent misinformation and minimize the feeling of abandonment for seafarers, said Ms. Caitlin Vaughan, Project Manager at ISWAN during a webinar last week.
wellness at sea
As much as it’s written and spoken about the importance of mental and physical health of the seafarers who work far from medical providers, far from their families and home, in harsh environments and under constant pressure and increased responsibility not many Ship owners are making progress with making access to mental health specialists readily available and usable, notes Mrs Elena Donina Glukhman.
Without a doubt, seafarers have a very challenging job, physically-wide and mentally-wide. However, there is a solution to stay healthy, both physically, as well as mentally: Exercise. Working out keeps us healthy and strengthens our concentration and self-confidence. We know that exercising onboard can be difficult, so in this infographic, we provide simple exercises, in a short period of time, without the need for equipment or much space.
A new film “Coronavirus – Mental Resilience On Board”, identifies some of the threats for those onboard; and focuses on how to combat stress to maintain a good and positive mental state by including details of skills and coping strategies to help.
Fatigue is a hazard that impacts safety, health and well-being. A long-term fatigue may result in health disorders (physical and mental), insidious onset, persists over time, multi-factor causes, significantly affects behavior and wellbeing. Considering the hectic work schedule of seafarers, fatigue can of course be a significant issue. SAFETY4SEA asked seafarers about fatigue on its crew wellness survey, and the results are encouraging as the majority of seafarers feel ‘’fully rested’’ on a daily basis.
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.
Norway-based Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) is crowdfunding to support maritime charity Mission to Seafarers (MtS), in addressing the hardships for seafarers amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Lately, the shipping industry is giving a great deal of emphasis on a very prominent topic: Wellness. Wellness is now of great importance to the sector, as having seafarers who feel engaged and positive is crucial to ensure good morale onboard, and focus on operational excellence and safety. However, wellness’s levels differ among seafarers and among specific aspects of the industry. Two of these aspects are the ship type and ship age, which play an important role in the crew’s wellness.
The issue of recreation onboard was, along with connectivity, at the center of concerns for seafarers during the latest SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness Survey. Across a sample of 9,768 seafarers from every part of the world, there were many respondents who touched upon the issue, proposing additional entertainment opportunities.
While seafarers’ satisfaction seemed to increase in the pre-COVID period in several sections of everyday life onboard, limited internet connection remains a main area of concern. Even before the global lockdown, the SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness Survey unveiled connectivity as the most prevalent demand across a total of 9,768 seafarers globally.
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