Arkiv | SAN NEWS 2 2014

Sleep deprivation – not just on the bridge

Fatigue is not just a problem among nautical officers. Long hours and sleep deprivation also occur in other departments. Mårten Ohlsén, nautical engineer, describes how he used to work for days in a row with very little rest. According to researchers, the galley may also be a problem area. Fatigue among officers on the bridge […]

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Martha – international study of watches and sleep on board

Swedish researchers are participating in a recently started international research project called Martha, in which the impact of different watch systems on the level of tiredness on board will be examined. Martha is a follow-up of the research project Horizon, in which watch systems (six on six and four-eight) were studied in simulators. Equivalent studies […]

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Sleeping tablets can have serious side effects

Some of the personnel on board take prescription sleeping pills to sleep better. They may have side-effects, however, such as reduced reaction times, memory problems and drowsiness. Some are also addictive. The Transport Agency has become aware of the use of the sleeping drug Stilnoct at sea. The medicine is effective and quick-acting, but also […]

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Day of the Seafarer

On 25 June, the Day of the Seafarer will be celebrated for the fourth year in a row. The day was established by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to increase awareness of all the people working in global shipping and to show them appreciation. This year the IMO is running a campaign in various social […]

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Snap-back areas

The Accident Investigation Authority states that there are several publications for seafarers containing misleading information about the extent of potential snap-back areas. Among them, there is a publication that was available on board the Morraborg showing a picture which is also found in a guideline published by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, MCA. In […]

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LED lighting interfered with VHF, both speech and DSC

The Transport Agency has once again found that radio communications can be seriously affected by other equipment fitted on board. This time it was interference from an LED lamp fitted as deck lighting that was so strong that it prevented communication with the coastal radio station, even though the station was well within radio range. […]

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Safety overview by the Swedish Transport Agency

Starting this year, the Transport Agency has a joint safety overview, in which the development of safety in aviation and maritime transport is described with a focus on developments in 2013. You can find the publication at the Transport Agency website, where it is possible to download as a PDF. http://www.transportstyrelsen.se/Publikationer/Sjofartspublikationer/Sjosakerhet/Sakerhetsoversikt-2013/

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