InterManager, the shipmanagement association, presented its findings on fatigue at sea to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) yesterday in London. Project Martha is an in-depth study relating to the growing problems posed by fatigue – both mental and physical – at sea.
Mental fatigue is rising, the study found. Increasingly seafarers are feeling fretful, irritable and unhappy.
“We must address this,” said InterManager’s secretary-general Kuba Szymanski.
The study pointed out that the health effects on fatigue are also physical with muscle fatigue, body aches, stress and bad posture.
In a survey the report found 48.60% of seafarers feel more stressed at the end of a voyage while 61% of seafarers feel more fatigued at the end of a voyage, irrespective of voyage length.
Project Martha was launched in 2013. It was led by Warsash Maritime Academy at Southampton Solent University; the consortium includeds the Stress Research Institute in Stockholm; the Centre of Maritime Health and Society in Esbjerg, Denmark; the University of Southampton; and the Dalian Maritime University in China. InterManager is also a partner, and helped the consortium to find volunteer shipping companies within its membership to participate in the project.