28.12.2014

The Ships Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea

   The edition of the publication that is hereby presented to the attention of our readers continues a brilliant tradition extending back for more than a hundred years. The very first edition of the present book was released by the Marine Hospital Service in 1881. All previous editions provided readers with the step-by-step instructions that were covering a huge variety of illnesses that could be faced underway. With this new release, the author's approach has changed a bit, taking into account all recent changes in medical practice and technology. The number of "how to" medical aspects included in this book has been limited; instead, the publication now is intended to identify when exactly there may be need for medical consultation, and it also describes how to perform a very basic physical examination and communicate all medical findings to the experts on shore. For sure, effective communication is one of the key aspects of consultation or medical treatment. The book is also focusing on the prevention of both chronic and acute diseases as it can significantly improve the quality of the mariners' life at sea and maximize the productivity of the crew members as well as their ability to perform the duties assigned to them.

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21.12.2014

Shipping and Rest - How We Can Do Better

   This book shall to serve as a guidance for shipping companies, management teams of the ships and for individual seamen. Such the important factor of crew management as the rest time at sea attracts quite considerable attention. The crew members have to get sufficient sleep and rest in order to be able to perform their duties in a safe and efficient manner. The consequences of lack of rest may be very serious. This publication is focusing on the rest of crew at sea, including the relevant regulations and ways to comply with their requirements. All of matters mentioned above are of utmost importance and have significant impact on wellbeing of the crew members and, subsequently, to the safety of the vessel. The present guidance is aimed ot provide some answers relating to the work planning in order to make it possible to make sure that the people on board get the rest they require. Needless to say that the sufficient rest and sleep are critically important for humans to be able to work normally. It is even more that a question of the immediate wellbeing of the people. Continuing lack of sleep damages the health. That is why the proper balance between work time and rest time must be found. This is what the present publication is about.

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07.12.2014

Guidelines on Good Employment Practice

   Nowadays, the major focus in shipping is considered to be "human element" issues, such as safety management and training. Society at large demands high performance standards from the entire transport sector, and the adoption and further implementation of good employment practice is a necessary part of meeting those demands. The performance of individual seafarers, shipping companies and the industry- as a whole is as dependent on adherence to good employment standards as it is on compliance with technical regulations. The shipping industry was amongst the first to adopt comprehensive international employment standards following the establishment of the International Labour Organization in 1919. Maritime employers, co-ordinated by ISF, have actively participated in the development of those standards since the first ILO Conference, and continue to do so today. The great majority' of shipping companies provide terms and conditions of employment to their seafarers which match, and in most cases comfortably exceed, best practice ashore. Seafaring is a unique profession, and the industry" offers well-paid regular employment and an interesting and rewarding career to seafarers of all nationalities. The members of ISF intend to ensure that the industry's high standards of employment are maintained. It is with these thoughts in mind that these Guidelines on Good Employment Practice have been produced for the assistance of the shipping industry.

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07.12.2014

Fast Turnaround Ships and Their Impact on Crews

   there have been so many studies performed with the intention to find the ways of how to reduce the port turnaround times. So much of technological and logistical ingenuity was deployed by the industry professionals, such as naval architects, transport planners, production and civil engineers etc. to ensure that the vessels spend the maximum of their time at sea not in the port. However, the application of all this energy has ever been matched by relevant studies of the effects  that these "efficiency gain" have to the lives of the seamen. This report appears to be the first detailed comparative analysis of port turnaround timing. It is also aimed to offer readers some preliminary exploration of the social cost that is incurred by seamen. The report also includes comparison between different types of vessels, such as car carriers, dry bulk and liquid bulk carriers, container ships, forest products carriers, tankers etc. There is valuable information and tips on living in the fast turnaround vessels, including the decline in levels of manning, lack of shore leave, physical and mental wellbeing, port environments and locations etc. The publication presents a result of a very serious and practical research and is therefore recommended.

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04.12.2014

Philippine Global Seafarer - A Profile

   This document was prepared by Maragtas Amante and published by the SIRC, i.e. Seafarers International Research Centre. Although the Philippines is a country providing more than a quarter of the total number of the world's seafarers who are employed on the ships trading internationally, by today it has not been possible to find reliable information concerning the Filipino seamen and their circumstances in a single publication. Such information would definitely be very valuable for the crew managers of the shipping companies, as well as officers of international associations, agencies and any other parties involved. The present report is intended to remedy the existing deficit. There were some separate surveys conducted years ago of seamen and students enrolled in a number of maritime colleges with the ultimate purpose to generate a profile of Filipino seafarers that would be dependable enough to rely on. The results of the subject survey were amplified by the interviews with some crewing managers, trade union officials and senior government officers and by a search of available relevant documentation. This report starts with the introduction and a chapter on the survey mentioned above. Among the topics included in the publication there are recruitment, hiring and working on board, training and education, pay variations etc.

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17.11.2014

A Guide to Professional and Personal Well-Being of Seafarers on Ships

   This publication by MarineInsight professionals will introduce the reader to the life at sea, show main reasons why the seafarers have to quit their sea jobs, teaches how to stay fit and focused at sea, tackle on board politics, deal with effects of hectic life and with difficult seafarers, how to cope with the lacks of social life and fatigue, and to improve interpersonal relationships with other crew members, explains professional mistakes done by seafarers, importance of shore leave, supplementing this all with general information on health. We all know that working on board sea-going vessels requires completely different style of living. In fact, the seafarer's job is maybe one of the most interesting jobs since they travel so much, meet different new people from other countries and cultures, they have a chance of working on the technologically advanced floating structures etc - it is all very intriguing. The benefits of being a seafarer include opportunities to visit other countries, lucrative jobs, truly adventurous lifestyle, enhancing professionalism. However, there are also some disadvantages such as lack of social life, being away from the family for long periods of time, having to follow the onboard politics etc.

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16.11.2014

The Filipino Seafarer - A Life Between Sacrifice and Shopping

   Here is another publication written about working with Filipino seafarers. The book starts with some introduction followed by a chapter describing the migration issues, namely different perspectives on migration. In the next part of the book the author tries to understand and explain to the readers why people go to the sea and who are leaving - here you will find the info on the inducements and preconditions for migration. The following part is dedicated to the life and work at sea - you will get to know what exactly characterizes a vessel, get a portion of the seafaring experience, etc. The last three chapters of the publication address the cultural repercussions that may be caused by the life and work at sea, various economic repercussions that may be caused by overseas employment, and, finally, the Filipino seamen. This document was prepared by Gunnar Lamwik from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and may be of some interest for those who work with the crew members from Filipinos as it contains some valuable advice on how to build the good relationship and communication system for everyone's benefit. In fact, most of the information would be equally to the seamen from any other country.

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22.04.2014

Medical Handbook for Seafarers

   When a vessel somewhere in the middle of the ocean, it is very difficult to get a doctor on board or to transport the ill or injured patient ashore. So, the success of the medical treatment depends on the medical know-how and treatment facilities available on board. The Master is officially responsible for the treatment given to people on board the ship. The crew's level of medical training is determined by the national and international regulations like STCW 95. In addition, the ship has necessary medical equipment. The international Radio Medical system was developed to compensate for the lack of well-trained medical staff on board. Via the service system of Radio Medical, a doctor on shore can be consulted free of charge. Improved telecommunication systems have facilitated direct contact between the crew and the shipping company's occupational health service or, for example, a designated health care facility. It is crucial that the person in charge of treatment on board is capable of recognizing the patient's symptoms and of following the patient's condition. Without these skills, describing the patient's condition to Radio Medical's doctor on land will not be successful. The Radio Medical system has been used in seafaring already for a hundred years. Video transmission, made possible by modern telecommunications technology, is not expected to significantly change the basic situation of on-board treatment. All the treatment given on board depends first and foremost on the know-how of the crew members. The equipment on board and even the finest communication technology are only complementary.

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