We have developed a campaign to provide seafarers with the right tools and information to maintain adequate levels of hydration.
The ‘Quench’ Hydration Campaign is part of our Seafarers’ Health Information Programme (SHIP). There is currently little research on the hydration of seafarers but experience suggests that dehydration at sea can be common. Physically demanding jobs, working in hot environments and conscious decisions to drink less if toilet breaks are inconvenient are all factors which can put seafarers at risk of dehydration.
We ran a pilot campaign on four Nakilat LNG tankers which aimed to assess the effectiveness of materials designed to encourage fluid intake. Data on the drink types and volumes consumed by a total of 73 seafarers was gathered over a 28-day period.
The key findings from the pilot campaign were:
Providing humanitarian support to seafarers and their families across three specific regions
Spotting the signs and responding to concerns
A guide for shipping companies and ship operators to develop and implement mental health policies
Helping shipping and ship management companies to improve social interaction on board
We launched the results of our survey of superyacht crew in London on 3rd December 2018
Recognising excellence in seafarers’ welfare provision across the shipping industry
Discouraging Indian seafarers from signing up with unregistered crewing agencies
We provide shipping companies and seafarers with information on staying healthy on board
A free training package suitable for both individual viewing by all crew and training sessions onboard and ashore
A project aiming to encourage and support the establishment of welfare boards worldwide
A joint initiative looking at the health of women seafarers and where it can be improved