Project Horizon is an 11-partner, 30-month FP7 project, which started on 1 June 2009. It is researching into the effects of fatigue on the cognitive performance of maritime watch-keepers under different watch patterns, using ships’ bridge, engine and liquid cargo handling simulators.
The project co-ordinator for Warsash Maritime Academy is Claire Pekcan, Professor of Maritime Applied Psychology.
International Maritime Health is the international multidisciplinary journal devoted to research and practice in the field of maritime medicine, travel and tropical medicine, hyperbaric and underwater medicine sea-rescue, port hygienic and sanitary problems. Official quarterly of the Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine in Gdynia, issued since 1949.
The journal is published four times a year,
Maritime piracy is a worrying phenomenon. Its recurrence in the last few years is causing several problems to the safety of maritime routes. In spite of the number of seafarers kidnapped and maintained in captivity, psychological/mental disorders developed in victims of these criminal acts have not been investigated. This study has assessed psychological consequences of kidnapping in a group of Italian seafarers held in captivity from 7 to 10 months.
This work has investigated the psychological status of family members of kidnapped seafarers, 5 months after their release.
Five months after the relatives had been released, 42% of the family members of kidnapped seafarers obtained pathological scores in the STAI-Y questionnaire, and 33% showed depression according to the HDRS.
Conclusions: Family members of kidnapped seafarers show significant psychopathological symptoms 5 months after relatives have been released. Symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with daily life in about one half of them. Kidnapping is a changing life experience and both victims and relatives require attention and support.
The Sailors’ Society Crisis Response Centre, under the leadership of Rev. Van Schalkwyk, CEO, stepped into the breach when he received information in June regarding the plight of the crew of the vessel, the SPRING BAY berthed in the Port of Maputo. The Russian and Ukrainian crew had not received wages for 6 months, contracts had expired and there was a lack of food and drinking water on board as well as uncollected garbage.
Rev. Van Schalkwyk went to Maputo and together with the Sailors’ Society chaplain in Maputo Rev Azarias Muchanga, visited the port and met with the Harbour Master and religious leaders in Maputo, to establish how they could help the seafarers. After meeting with the ships agents, the ITF representative, the agents agreed to pay for the removal and emptying of all garbage containers.
After negotiations, the agents reported that arrangements were being made for the crew to be paid , repatriated, and a new crew to be engaged to replace them.
The crew reported that the intervention by the Sailors’ Society and those who helped resulted in action being taken to relieve the situation. As one of the crew members stated :”It was a very good love lesson for [Jessieus”.
A successful ending to a worrying situation which once more illustrates the dire circumstances many seafarers are exposed to.
Sailors’ Society are proud of Chaplain Paul Richardson and Ship Visitor Jessie Johns who regularly call on ships in the Port of Durban.
Paul recently visited his 900th ship after 6 years of chaplaincy. During that time he has encountered so many different circumstances the seafarers find themselves in and has felt privileged to help. Jessie started visiting ships in February 2014 and feels she has been calling on ships ‘forever’ and has also said she finds interfacing with the seafarers very fulfilling.
Well done Jessie and Paul, may God bless you richly and may you double or triple the number of ships you visit
Paul and Jessie also visited the largest container vessel the MSC FILLIPPA to visit the Port of Durban. The vessel had 13 400 containers on board, and 76 steps!!! So the chaplains get fit when visiting ships!