• You Need Health Problems Overseas Like a Hole in The Head

    Posted: 29th November 2017 | Written by: Simon Dixon

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    Since the 15th century, ships have had a duty of care towards their crew in the case that they fall ill, but in the past, surgery was more often hazardous than life-saving. Nowadays, what are the provisions for crew in this demanding and at times risky industry?
  • Advisory: Rip Currents off the South of France

    Posted: 28th July 2017 | Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

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    This Advisory is written following a recent tragedy off Pampelonne Beach near St. Tropez in the south of France, a favourite anchorage for hundreds of yachts during the summer charter season. A young French woman attempted to reach two children in apparent danger but she was pulled away by a rip current. The two children were rescued unharmed but the young woman lost her life.
  • If You Find Crew Medical Insurance a Headache, Here’s the Cure

    Posted: 29th June 2017 | Written by: Simon Dixon

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    The first ever obligation to provide medical care for mariners was set out in The Rules of Oleron in the 1100s and it's a judgment that holds true to this day. Thankfully we no longer have to plough through Medieval English, but the landscape of medical insurance for yacht crew can still seem more complicated than it needs to be.
  • CHIRP Maritime: Project MARTHA Reports on Effects of Fatigue

    Posted: 2nd February 2017 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    CHIRP Maritime has announced the publication of the MARTHA Report, a three year study looking at the impact of fatigue on the wellbeing of seafarers in terms of mental health, motivation and safety. The study surveyed crew operating commercial ships, where the pressures of competitive schedules, reduced crew numbers and long periods away from home were found to be significant factors.
  • CHIRP Maritime: A Near Miss, Flash Fire and ECDIS

    Posted: 4th December 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    CHIRP Maritime has released its latest podcast discussing lessons learned from reports of a near miss between a yacht and a merchant ship, the use of ECDIS and the handling of flash fires during welding and painting.
  • Anaphylaxis: Adrenaline and Auto-injectors

    Posted: 26th November 2016 | Written by: Rebecca Castellano, MSOS

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    There are several brands of adrenaline auto-injectors on the market that are available and affordable. Epinephrine itself is an inexpensive drug, but the auto-injector is an expensive method of delivery. Information and education are therefore important in understanding the medical need and improving outcomes as well as avoiding unnecessary expenditure.
  • MSOS: Dengue Fever, Chikungunya & Zika

    Posted: 10th September 2016 | Written by: Dr. Spike Briggs

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    Over the past few years, several viral illnesses have become prevalent in South America, the Caribbean and increasingly in North America. The main illnesses are Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and more recently Zika and the common factor is the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Dr Spike Briggs of Medical Support Offshore (MSOS) provides an update on the risks, symptoms and management of these viral illnesses for yachts visiting or transiting affected regions.
  • Fact of Life: Full Insurance Cover Doesn't Have to Cost More

    Posted: 16th August 2016 | Written by: Melanie Langley

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    In yachting, crew pregnancy tends to be a taboo subject, certainly when it comes to medical insurance, and many crew believe that pregnancy cover doesn't exist or that it's hugely expensive. Moore Stephens Crew Benefits responded to our earlier article on this subject with news of their Superyacht Crew Plan which includes pregnancy cover at no extra cost.
  • Zika Virus: Information & Travel Advice

    Posted: 7th August 2016 | Written by: Sam Watson

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    Until now, for those of us in Europe at least, the risk of contracting the Zika virus has felt rather remote. Meanwhile, with cases reported in Scotland and Florida last week, and with the Olympics now underway in Brazil, where Zika is prevalent, what’s the latest travel advice?
  • 15 Minute Safety Challenge

    Posted: 5th January 2016 | Written by: Jane Innes

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    To watch a beautiful vessel being destroyed by fire is not pleasant. Recent images of te incident in Marmaris are a chilling reminder of the power and devastation fire can cause. No doubt in the coming weeks we will learn more about what happened, but there are important rules we can all follow to reduce the risk of fire on board.
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