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Sharp rise in seafarers failing UK medicals due to mental health conditions Maritime medics have raised concerns over a marked increase in the number of seafarers failing UK medical examinations as a result of mental health issues. Commenting on the annual analysis of medical examinations conducted by approved doctors, published by the Department for Transport, chief medical advisor Dr Sally Bell noted there has been a ‘steady and significant rise’ in both the major and minor mental disorders identified during…

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Spreading the Sailors’ Society Word

At the well-attended April meeting of the Durban branch of the World Ship Society, Rev Van Schalkwyk addressed the audience on “Current movements in the piracy threat, and the Crisis Response Centre” which also included Trauma counselling . By way of introduction he showed a short DVD on the background of the Sailors’ Society, after which Rev Van Schalkwyk emphasised the dire situations in which victims of piracy find themselves. Drawing attention to the upsurge of hijackings of vessels in…

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Shell plate buckling eyed in box ship break up

The ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team looking for the causes of the mid-June incident that saw the containership MOL Comfort break in two has released preliminary findings and safety measure recommendations. The classification society established the team immediately following the loss of the five year old and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) subsequently established a Committee on Large Container Ship Safety to develop measures to ensure the safety of large container vessels. In addition to its independent investigation,…

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