Crises

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Anthropologist on a study tour in High Risk Area

During the autumn 2012, SEAHEALTH’s Adrienne Mannov was studying piracy. She took tours on board several shipowners’ vessels and talked to the crews. She also spent two weeks on board the Danish frigate Iver Huitfeldt, which is currently on patrol in the Gulf of Aden as part of NATO task force 508 – Operation Ocean Shield.

Annual Report 2009 - A lot of news and new wrapping

Seahealth now has a simplified, updated graphical look. Using our English title - Seahealth Denmark - emphasizes that the sector has an increasing number of foreign crew for whom our services are also available. In Seahealth's annual report number 16 you can read about 2009, that was a busy year with a lot af news e.g. a big survey, The 8 Safety Links, Crisis counselling, Health promotion calendar and many other news.

Seamen on a mental first aid course

 

“The aim of the course is to make delegates aware of human behaviour in critical situations and how to handle critical situations aboard”

“Everybody working aboard a vessel should have some basic knowledge of mental first aid. Managers may do but it is often us on the shop floor that have to deal with the situation when people need help. So all of us on the shop floor should have some insight into how we should contact and get through to someone needing mental first aid.

How well are you doing at sea?

With backing from the sector and its organizations, Seahealth Denmark is now in the process of the most extensive survey hitherto of well-being amongst seamen in the Danish merchant fleet.

This is being done by way of a questionnaire survey, ”A Good Working Life at Sea”. In future, responses to this will get to form the basis for methods for improving the mental working environment in the shipping sector.

Coaster trade for 40 years

Poul Erik Larsen has just gone ashore after 40 years at sea in the coastal trade. He can look back on a good working life and many good times but he feels it is a shame that with just a few exceptions, the coasting companies in Denmark are on their way out.

Crisis management


Seahealth helps shipowners to tackle critical situations

Violent accidents. Sudden death. Attack by pirates. Nervous breakdown due to stress. These are unusual events that are followed by major mental reactions because we are suddenly confronted with the fact that our existence can change very quickly and drastically. Most people need help to deal with a crisis associated with unusual events.
 

Experience in crisis management

It is common sense to have serious thoughts about how to tackle crisis.

Crises are part of life at sea. Really serious crises such as crippling accidents, deaths, attacks by pirates or shipwreck are rare but it is important that we think in advance about how we could handle such crises. Well knowing that things crop up which cannot be taken into consideration in advance, recommends Søren Diederichsen, a psychologist at Seahealth Denmark.
 

Emergency assistance

Seahealth provides the merchant marine with various types of emergency/psychological assistance.

In an emergency, we can normally have a psychologist on site in a few hours, depending on where assistance is required. In other circumstances, a psychologist can normally be available in 1-2 days at most.

We can be contacted round the clock on T: (+45) 33 11 18 33.

Well-prepared seamen have the statistics on their side

TORM Ragnhild. TORM Kansas. TORM Kristina. All have been attacked by pirates. Fortunately, unsuccessful attacks.
    
 

Piracy pressurising seamen

Piracy has become a real risk for mariners. It is the seamen who face the threats where unscrupulous pirates are increasing reckless in trying to capture vessels with valuable cargoes.