InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, together with The Warsash Maritime Academy, recently presented the results of its fatigue study, Project MARTHA, to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The report highlights growing levels of both physical and mental fatigue in seafarers, particularly amongst Masters and Watch Keepers.
According to the report, results indicate that as voyage length increases, fatigue and stress increase and motivation decreases. This has not only safety implications on board due to poorer performance, but also long-term physical and mental health effects on the seafarer. These results are timely considering the subject of mental health and wellbeing amongst seafarers being particularly topical.
Speaking at the presentation last month, InterManager’s Secretary-General Capt Kuba Szymanski urged the maritime industry to take notice of the findings as the industry recruits aspiring seafarers. Addressing IMO delegates and invited guests, Capt Syzmanski said: ‘Our people are our assets and we need to develop a strategy whereby shipping is once again seen as a career of choice for tomorrow’s young talented people.
‘There is no avoiding the fact that the global fleet is increasing and more manpower is needed. However, we are demanding more from current seafarers rather than recruiting even more cadets into the market. Attracting new seafarers and retaining them will test the industry, but we cannot ignore these findings in making the industry an attractive place for aspiring seafarers.’
The full report can be downloaded here.