Maritime technology provider Martek Marine has teamed up with trade union Nautilus International to launch a survey into the effectiveness of healthcare services onboard seafaring vessels.
The survey is calling on all seafarers to give their views on the accessibility and quality of medical assistance on board their vessels. Maritime professionals are invited to contribute past experiences of medical emergencies and suggest what new provisions would make them feel safer at sea.
This survey will help fill a void of knowledge in the area of maritime healthcare. Close to 1.5 million seafarers are operating at any given time on around 55,000 merchant vessels worldwide. Each year, approximately 7% of these will be evacuated from the vessel they are working on due to ill health; often at great financial cost. Almost a quarter of these evacuations prove unnecessary, questioning the efficiency of the measures in place to deal with medical emergencies.
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) states that all ships carrying over 100 crew members and passengers for voyages of three days or more must have a medical doctor onboard. However, the majority of merchant vessels are crewed by fewer than 25 people and subsequently rely on assistance from professionals on land.
Seafarers can complete the survey through the Nautilus website or by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CHJ5LQ9. Martek has also given all participants the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a free Fitbit Blaze upon completion.