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Seafarers feel shore leave is a thing of the past In 2021’s Q1 report, findings from the Seafarers Happiness Index revealed shore leave score dropped to 5.25 compared to 5.53 in Q4 2020. Some seafarers were cynical about the idea especially when the vessel is shorthanded. What used to be a fundamental part of a seafarer’s life became pointless. In ...

Hotel redevelopment tender for 15-storey Maritime House launched. Image Credits: The Straits Times/ST Photo: Jason Quah The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched a redevelopment tender to reconstruct the Maritime House – commonly known as a hotel exclusively for seafarers transiting through Singapore. One-stop venue for maritime training and exchange The Maritime House was home to the former ...

With heavy workloads to deal with, maintaining one’s health and fitness can be a challenge Studies revealed that offshore workers’ weight ballooned regularly by 20 per cent over the past 30 years. Another study showed up to 75 per cent of Danish seafarers are overweight. Data from ship managers suggests that as many as 10 per cent of Filipino seafarers ...

Offering higher education to crew onboard will enhance overall well-being Seafarers are known to deal with heavy workloads onboard and some can hardly afford rest times. Much has been said about ways to improve their well-being. However, employers are encouraged to look beyond short courses to facilitate upskilling. Investing in long-term upskilling To date, the most common way to keep ...

Though the number of repatriations halved from September 2020, a rebound remains possible International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Secretary-general Kitack Lim warned the crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 remains far from over. He quoted an analysis revealing a decline in number of seafarers needing repatriation to 200,000 as at March 2021, from 400,000 in September 2020. Unfortunately, a large number ...

The versatile discipline of marine engineering A marine engineer’s job amalgamates features from various engineering fields such as civil, electrical and electronics Marine engineering roles can fall anywhere from designing, development, innovation, production, and maintenance. As the name suggests, your focus at sea involves complicated internal systems which include air conditioning, fuel systems, power generation, propulsion, water distillation and lubrication. ...

Bangkok’s food scene is as exciting as her buzzing traffic on the roads.  There are a few authentic Thai cuisines that are a must-eat if you are in Bangkok. Pork Trotters Rice If you have tried the Chinese version of port trotters rice, this is the slightly sweeter version of it.  The braised gravy and melt-in-your-mouth pork paired with fragrant ...

Singapore is a foodie paradise.  There’s a rich heritage of foods with Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences.  Here we list down 5 foods you must eat when you visit Singapore. Chicken Rice The chicken rice is one of Singapore’s most famous and celebrated dishes.  It is also known as the Hainanese Chicken Rice.  The chicken is boiled in chicken ...

Hong Kong is a foodie heaven and you can eat round the clock.  When you are in Hong Kong, you have to prepare yourself to eat, eat, eat and eat.  With so many food options available in Hong Kong, you will be spoiled for choice. Below are some of the must-eat foods when we are in Hong Kong. Dim Sum ...

Our brain being the control centre of our body is very important, yet many of us are not aware that the foods we eat can affect how our brain functions.  The foods we eat play a role in keeping our brain healthy and helping in our concentration and memory. So what should you eat for better brain health? Broccoli If ...