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 to 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This publication will be useful for the bridge and deck teams of the ship with Filipino crew members working on board. It was prepared by Dr. Tomas Andres, recognized intercultural consultant focusing on the culture of Philippine for expats of international and multinational companies and organizations.

Obviously, every ship aster and officer must be capable of extending the positive understanding towards the crew members under their command. Getting to know and understand colleagues is a key to professional success. In his book, the author has made an attempt t prepare a concise yet thorough study of Filipino etiquette, mores, values, customs and manners that would show the similarities and differences in behavioral expectations arising at the time when ship Masters and officers come to work and live with Filipinos.

In fact, the publication is intended to serve as a useful tool for building good intercultural relations and it also may be used informally by any individual planning to work with Filipinos but who did not have a chance to attend the training on intercultural relations. Of course, coming to terms with different people belonging to other cultures is sometimes difficult and time-consuming but we recommend you to go through this book and familiarize yourself with Filipinos.

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