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Responsible use of social media at sea Social media can help crew can remain connected and uplifted; provided it is used responsibly A seafarer is often socially isolated for their long periods at sea. Prevailing mental health issues plaguing seafarers emphasise the severity of having no social support. Social media might just be the saving grace till the ship docks ...

Creating a safety culture Instead of whistleblowing, creating a safety culture might be a better idea to make every voyage smoother Sea safety is a hot button topic. No part of any vessel is exempted from heavy responsibilities. Both shipowners and operators play an important role in ensuring safety is enforced round the clock. Nonetheless, ambiguity can still happen. The ...

Tech-savvy seafarers command higher market value Being able to navigate the systems and software onboard to operate the vessel safely is a valuable skillset With digitalisation as the buzzword for the last couple of years, multi-fuel propulsion systems and integrated bridge systems are just two instances of complex tools and devices which require specialised knowledge to operate. A seafarer who ...

CrewSafe audit programme developed to facilitate crew change in Singapore An audit programme, CrewSafe based on Singapore’s crew change model, has been developed by the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Research (SG-STAR) Fund Taskforce (SFTF) to establish safe and scalable ‘corridors’ for crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme will help ensure quality checks on quarantine/holding, medical, and swabbing facilities ...

  Do you know that skin problems/diseases are the most common non-injury health concern reported by workers who handle chemicals in their course of work.   Skin-related health problems can result in high medical costs, physical pain, low self-esteem and even disability.   Our skin protects our body by limiting loss of water and other compounds from our body.  Healthy ...

Seafarers who are in the offshore industry will know that safe helicopter flights are of utmost importance as they travel to their offshore installations on the helicopters.   The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has a series of measures in place to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter flights:   When the sea condition is very harsh, helicopter flights are strictly ...

Anti-piracy technology has improved with times.  There are a variety of non-lethal weapons which ship owners can install on board the ships to prevent piracy attacks when the ships are trading in pirates infested seas.   Electric Fence System The electric fence surrounds the ship and prevents pirates from climbing on board.  The high voltage electrical fencing can be folded ...

Seafarers can face precarious working situations while working on board the ships.  Accidents and injuries can be avoided or minimised if seafarers follow safety protocols strictly and donning the necessary protective gear when working on board ships.   Some of the common injuries seafarers may face on board are:   Eye Injury Jobs like welding, painting, chipping, handling hazardous chemicals ...

Ships that carry chemicals are in danger of causing chemical spills that harm other people and the environment.  Flammable chemicals may cause ship fires if exposed to excess heat, open flame, or electric sparks, which can injure or kill workers on board. Below are some regulated hazardous chemicals commonly used or transported in shipping: Flammable liquids Asbestos Benzene Spray finishing ...

  Twenty one Filipino crew members of MV Evangelia M, a Liberian-flagged bulk carrier, have been left stranded in Kakinada Port, India after their employer abandoned them three months ago. “The crew has been stuck on board the vessel since it was abandoned by its Greek owners in June. The seafarers requested the assistance of the DFA in facilitating their immediate ...