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  • Your Guide To Hygiene At Sea (Seafarer's Life)

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    Your Guide To Hygiene At Sea (Seafarer's Life)

    Cleanliness is, as they say, next to godliness. Personal hygiene in any work place is important, but at hygiene at sea – well, it is critical. We look at the ways to stay shiny and happy, and of the ways in which you can become more popular and stay healthy too.

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    Yawn, Stretch, Fighting Work Boredom

    Yawn, Stretch, Fighting Work Boredom

    There are many criticisms that seafaring is not as exciting as it used to be. Given that it may have involved historically involved keel hauling that may not be a bad thing. But how can work be more fun and battle back against boredom?

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    Dental as Anything.

    Dental as Anything.

    We often talk about seafarer happiness, and the effect that has onboard. What about seafarer pain? It is too easy to forget that shipping safety and performance can rest on how seafarers feel as they go about their business – and teeth are a big part of this.

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    Does the Company Brand Matter to Seafarers?

    Increasingly the notion of brand and the reputation of shipping companies has an effect – but does this mean anything for seafarers, and if so what…do people work only for “strong brands”, or is it down the list of considerations?

    Right Fuel to Fight Fatigue

    Right Fuel to Fight Fatigue

    Seafarers are constantly fighting the effects of fatigue. It may not be possible to grab more sleep, or to remove stress – so that makes it ever more important to take on the right fuel to help fight fatigue. So what are the good and foods and drinks?

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    Hundred Hour Heroes

    Hundred Hour Heroes

    The MARTHA study into seafarer fatigue has found that some Chinese seafarers are regularly working in excess of 100 hours per week. What does that mean in real terms for performance, for mental health and how can it be managed?

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    “Vitamin Sea” – For a better seafaring life…

    “Vitamin Sea” – For a better seafaring life…

    In our new series on life at sea, KVH looks at the issues which can make life better for seafarers, to improve performance and enhance professionalism.

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    Seafaring A-Z Alphabet - "K" is for...

    Keel - On ships, the “keel” is a beam around which the hull of a ship is built. The keel runs in the transverse centreline of the ship, from the bow to the stern, and serves as a basic foundation or spine of the structure, providing the major source of structural strength of the hull.

    Don't let the bullies win...tips to dealing with aggression

    Don't let the bullies win...tips to dealing with aggression

    Sadly it seems that all too often, seafarers are subjected to bullying or aggravation at work. There can be nowhere to hide if the atmosphere onboard turns nasty, and so the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) is set to include steps to act against harassment. What can you do if relationships breakdown?

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