Posted: 12th February 2018 | Written by: Simon Dixon
As hard-working, hard-playing yacht crew, are you suffering from a torpid and sluggish liver? Bilious headache and sour stomach? Seeking a sure-fire remedy that’s never been known to fail? By the 19th century, there was certainly no shortage of cads and bounders willing to take your money in exchange for their questionable cure-alls. How should crew today protect themselves and make sure they're not being taken for a ride?
Posted: 29th November 2017 | Written by: Simon Dixon
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?
Posted: 28th July 2017 | Written by: Captain Rod Hatch
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.
Posted: 29th June 2017 | Written by: Simon Dixon
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.
Posted: 2nd February 2017 | Written by: OnboardOnline
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.
Posted: 4th December 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline
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.
Posted: 26th November 2016 | Written by: Rebecca Castellano, MSOS
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.
Posted: 10th September 2016 | Written by: Dr. Spike Briggs
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.
Posted: 16th August 2016 | Written by: Melanie Langley
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.
Posted: 7th August 2016 | Written by: Sam Watson
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?