e-healthy ship – Improving health management on board merchant ships

e-healthy ship – Improving health management on board merchant ships


e-healthy ship e-healthy ship is an interdisciplinary
project funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection of Hamburg. The goal of the project is to improve working and living conditions of seafarers who work on ships that don’t have a doctor on board. We investigate several aspects of life and work on high seas using questionnaires, talking to the people, we examine the people. We have a lot of medical devices, we use to test their blood, test their sleep quality. Therefore we get a wide collection of data that will give us information about the status of health right now. We will develop an electronic platform with several different topics so that it will become easier for the health officer to manage his job. We have 24 crew members. Everybody expects that I will be the one who gives first aid. It was good that somebody from outside was coming and was checking our lifestyle, our health problems. They were trying to discover also the stress on board on the vessel. Caring about the health and the well-being of the crew is also part of the master, the captain job. The project e-healthy ship I think is a really good idea. They approached us and we see a lot of things from other point of view. The seafarers are separated from their families for a very long time period and the means of communications are limited. We have to find out if the seafarers actually get what they need from a health perspective but also what they need for their soul. You know, they are not only working here, they also live here. So the seafarers are forced to eat what is offered on board every day. In our case we were really surprised how delicious the food was. It was really very interesting to have
scientists on board. They changed our routine, so they brought new winds on our ship which made life really interesting. The project e-healthy ship is very important. It gives awareness how to live healthy, how to maintain good health and condition on the ship. We are collecting ideas. They are dealing with sports especially. They are also dealing with methods that might help for the sleeping quality. But this is going to be our task for the next year.

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