Maritime News

Posted: Sep 16, 2021

Sailors’ Society launch Wellness at Sea campaign video

As part of our charity support programme West has supported the Sailors’ Society Wellness at Sea programme. The Society has recently launched a video highlighting issues faced by seafarers and how the charity can help.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2021

Amendments of 2018 to the code of the MLC, 2006 (effective on and after 26 Dec. 2020) (for non-Japanese flag vessels)

The Amendments of 2018 to the MLC, 2006 entered into force on 26 Dec. 2020 in the countries that have ratified the MLC, 2006. Since the issued date, various flag administrations have newly issued or
updated the circulars.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Promoting and supporting the welfare of seafarers

This Safety Alert is issued by The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) to bring to the attention of seafarers, owners, managers and interested parties the ongoing work of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and its members.
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Posted: May 19, 2020

Recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The IMO have issued new guidance in their Recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It sets out general measures and procedures that should, so far as practicable, be implemented by all the parties involved in facilitating safe ship crew changes during the pandemic. The framework considers both joining a ship and repatriation, comprising a protocol for each step of the journey.
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Posted: May 19, 2020

Seafarers’ mental health and wellbeing

In November 29019 the Seafarers International Research Centre in Cardiff published a report "Seafarers’ mental health and wellbeing".
The literature was inconclusive in establishing the extent of the problem of mental ill-health (and suicide) among seafarers relative to comparable populations. However, there was evidence of an increase in recent-onset anxiety and depression among serving seafarers and there was evidence that in some roles seafarers may be particularly prone to emotional exhaustion and ‘burn-out’.

This is particularly of concern during the COVID restrictions preventing seafarers from being relieved on time and the report provides some useful feedback to companies and employers in ways of improving seafarer life oboard.
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