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Are We Doing Enough for the Well-Being of our Seafarers?

By Dimitrios Lyrakos 2019-04-20 20:31:56

Are we doing enough for the mental health and well-being of our seafarers? The answer is “no,” but this is not the end, but the beginning, of this article.  In one of the biggest and growing industries worldwide, in the industry with the biggest cultural diversity, mental health and well-being are factors that are important for most companies, but the quality of service is very low, completely inadequate, and it is dependable on the individual work of some of us....

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The Importance of Psychological Safety Precautions in Maritime

By Dimitrios Lyrakos 2019-02-23 16:42:24

Over the past few years the Tanker Management Self-Assessment (TMSA), the International Safety Management (ISM) code and other regulative bodies have added recommendations or regulations about the psychometric evaluation of seafarers, but there is still quite strong skepticism among the maritime industry.  Even with the application of Key Performance Indexes (KPIs) that include soft skills abilities for officers, there is little research, if any, about psychological safety precautions on seafarers. Because of the nature of the job, seafarers are among...

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The Psychosocial Risks that Seafarers Face

By Dimitrios Lyrakos 2016-06-10 02:41:42

Over the past few years, the OCIMF's Tanker Management and Self-Assessment program, and others, have made recommendations about the psychometric evaluation of seafarers. However, there is still quite strong skepticism among the maritime industry, and there is little research, if any, about the psychosocial risks faced by seafarers, even though they are among the first to be experience occupational stress, burnout and various other psychological problems. Psychosocial risks in...

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