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COVID-19 and Seafarers Latest News

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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Deaths and hunger strikes point to mental health crisis on stranded cruise ships As tensions rise over failure to repatriate workers, plight of crews highlighted by the apparent suicide of a Ukrainian woman in Rotterdam. Several deaths, a hunger strike and disturbances on board cruise ships have raised fresh concern about what crew members say is the deteriorating mental health of staff stranded aboard cruise ships still floating at sea. A worldwide standoff between cruise companies and health authorities has…

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Helpline cases Triple as Seafarers Seek Help during COVID-19 Pandemic

International 24-hour helpline SeafarerHelp, operated by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), has experienced a surge in demand as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affects seafarers worldwide. In April 2020 alone, ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp handled over 600 new cases – more than triple the number in the same month last year. Many of these cases involve seafarers experiencing issues as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, up to 1 May 2020, the helpline has recorded over 470…

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