Arkiv | Research

Blue light and increased alertness

Being exposed to the right light at the right time can improve the quality of sleep and increase alertness during night-time work. This information comes from a new report by SSPA. Sleep is a problem for many seamen. Watch hours and night work disrupt our body clocks (natural 24-hour rhythms), the ship is always moving […]

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Long watches reduce motivation

Sleep deprivation is not a major problem on ships with a three-watch system. However, motivation decreases during long watches and may affect the social environment on board. This is described in the final report from the extensive research project called Martha. Tiredness and fatigue among crews on board three-watch ships on European and deep sea […]

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Joined forces for better marine research

The new Lighthouse project plans to strengthen Swedish marine research by making use of joined forces. One of the participants is the Swedish Mercantile Marine Foundation, which ensures that issues concerning seafarers’ working environment are not forgotten. The new Lighthouse project was launched at the end of the year. Unlike its predecessor, which was more […]

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SOS are looking for new research vessels

The recently started research project Stress On Ships (SOS) aims to make officers and crew want to work longer at sea through better preparation. The ambition is to provide future sailors with a better understanding of work and life at sea at the training stage. In addition to Sweden (via Chalmers University of Technology), Italy, […]

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New bridge technology by seafarers for seafarers

During the past fifteen years, bridges on ships have been filled with more and more technical equipment. This includes GPS, electronic sea charts and AIS (automatic identification system). Problems involved are that the new technology is not always adapted to the user, it provides a poor overview and it is difficult to integrate into one […]

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New test predicts fatigue

The research project called Horizon investigates how different watch systems influence the fatigue factor onboard, both on the deck and in the engine room. The researchers have developed a prototype of a tool called Martha, which estimates the fatigue factor in advance. For more information about Martha and to download the tool for testing, go […]

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International study of deck and engine room personnel

The Swedish Club Academy in Gothenburg has started a survey on attitudes of seafarers. The man behind the project, Martin Hernqvist, explains that the idea is to analyse and increase awareness in three areas: safety, efficiency and job satisfaction. “Attitudes are about people’s thoughts, and they determine how we behave. If we know how seafarers […]

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