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Serious Allergy Suffered On Board

Posted: 3rd Nov 2020

Written by: Dr. David Irons

Serious allergies have been shown to be on the increase. When we talk about 'serious', we mean something which may be or is life-threatening, usually rapidly in most cases although there are rarer, different, slow-developing allergies that could happen after exposure. Read More

Covid-19 Guidance for TYHA & British Marine Members

Posted: 8th Apr 2020

Written by: British Marine

British Marine has released the following guidance for marina operators designed to assist readers in supporting the nation’s focus to fight COVID-19. The most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to save lives. Read More

Crew Look After Superyachts, but who Looks After Crew?

Posted: 28th Oct 2019

Written by: Melanie Langley

Superyacht crewing has become one of the go-to careers for young men and women looking to earn great money while sailing to exotic locations aboard multi-million-dollar luxury yachts. It's crucial you protect yourself with an indi... Read More

Annual Insurance Review: MSCB Has Your Back

Posted: 26th Feb 2019

Written by: Michael Weare

Another year, another insurance review. It doesn’t sound
too exciting does it, but there is no doubt, as a busy yacht
crew professional it’s vital to get your insurance needs
in order before another hectic year of sailing gets ...
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7 Reasons For Having Your Own Medical Insurance

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

Written by: Melanie Langley

While superyacht crew are exceptionally good at giving first class service to their guests, they’re also notoriously bad at looking after themselves when it comes to the vital area of medical insurance. But to ensure a long and he... Read More

Maternity Cover for Seafarers

Posted: 23rd Jul 2018

Written by: Melanie Langley

Pregnancy onboard can be a difficult voyage for the unprepared and the uninsured female and your employment rights may not be protected in the same way as they would be on dry land. As a woman you need to equip yourself with the f... Read More

No Better Reassurance than Adequate Medical Insurance

Posted: 12th Feb 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 ... Read More

You Need Health Problems Overseas Like a Hole in The Head

Posted: 29th Nov 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 demand... Read More

If You Find Crew Medical Insurance a Headache, Here’s the Cure

Posted: 29th Jun 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 t... Read More

Anaphylaxis: Adrenaline and Auto-injectors

Posted: 26th Nov 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 ... Read More

MSOS: Dengue Fever, Chikungunya & Zika

Posted: 10th Sep 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 facto... Read More

Fact of Life: Full Insurance Cover Doesn't Have to Cost More

Posted: 16th Aug 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 ... Read More

Zika Virus: Information & Travel Advice

Posted: 7th Aug 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 ... Read More


Posted: 7th Jan 2013

Written by: Dr. David Irons

Dr. David Irons, a director at Ocean Medical, is a general practitioner and emergency medicine doctor with a special interest in remote medicine. He has also been teaching MCA/STCW95 medical courses since 1994. Here he discusses t... Read More


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