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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Mar 17, 2017
    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? Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Mar 10, 2017

    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? Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Mar 03, 2017
    Health

    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. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 24, 2017
    Fighting-Fatigue-300x2001

    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? Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 17, 2017
    Mind over matter

    There are all kinds of shipping industry initiatives which try to make life at sea better. There are those which focus on seafarer happiness, there is “wellness at sea” and all kinds of other attempts to make the lot of crew better. A new trend taking hold though, and it could just change the way people live, work and exist onboard ships…welcome to maritime mindfulness. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 10, 2017
    Fatigue infographic

    Fatigue at sea is one problem that seemingly will just not go away. How does fatigue work and what does it mean to performance and safety. What about chugging down on energy drinks? Does that work? Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 03, 2017
    Shipping by numbers

    Shipping is a global, giant of an industry – but how big and what are the numbers that can really tell us more of what is going on, where, when and how? Let’s look at the data… Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 27, 2017
    Z

    Z-Drive – A Z-drive is a type of marine propulsion unit and is in essence an azimuth thruster. The pod can rotate 360 degrees allowing for rapid changes in thrust direction and thus vessel direction. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 13, 2017
    X

    Seafaring “X” is for… Let’s get this rolling with: X – The letter “X” is used by ships observing and reporting weather events to denote the development of “hoar frost”. This occurs when a white, crystalline deposit of ice is

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 06, 2017
    W

    Watchkeeper – A watchkeeper is someone who keeps watch on board a ship. The term “watchkeeping”, therefore concerns the division of personnel over a set time period to operate a ship continuously. Continue reading

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