Threat-ridden seafarers’ life at seas poses so many challenges to them
that most of the seafarers lose heart and begin to experience depression, a
study by Sailors’ Society and Yale University revealed. Far away from home and for a long time, the
seafarers when faced with trouble, physical and psychological, find no support
nearby and it is the moment that turns their lives into a dull burden. Money
ceases to lure them.
Now many Apps have been evolved by many groups concerned with the
welfare of the seafarers; the Apps that inspire courage to face the challenges
out making the profession less depressive and discouraging.
Lloyd’s Register has come out with a long list of useful apps which
help the seafarers keep themselves abreast with the latest necessary
legislative and regulatory requirements across the industry. The seafarers must
know their profession. ISM &
ISPS Pocket Checklist and the PSC Pocket Checklist, the two most significant
apps, identify the most common causes of ship detention, preventing risk of
port state control detentions.
destroys the shine of the profession and it is no less harmful than a roughest
sea; it disrupts entire ship schedule throwing the seafarers into unsettling
uncertainty, at least till the detention comes to an end. Prevention of
detention at times may not be possible; but, a danger foreseen is half
Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) offered an app that would help
seafarers find a lawyer who has signed up with SRI to help them out of some
Deirdre Fitzpatrick, executive director of SRI has
rightly described it as “a lifeline for seafarers.”
International Transport Workers’ Federation’s ITF Wellbeing app guides
the seafarers on health issues ; though at present it is focused on HIV and
Aids, soon it will provide information on other well-being issues, including
sexually transmitted infections and also on stress and depression.
The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) offers very
useful assistance through its SeafarerHelp using WhatsApp and Viber. Most significant part of it is seafarers are
contacted through phone where there is no internet connection. All issues like family problems, unpaid
(uncertain) wages, and repatriation and health issues are dealt with.
There are apps that deal with Anti-Shipping Activity Message and even
Whale Alert which are discussed in detail in Ship-Technology, in the latest
issue. The article on such Apps finally
touches upon Shore leave, another very important part of the seafarers’ lives.
ITF’s Shore Leave app comes much handy to the
seafarers to plan efficiently their shore life after sea life. In fact, the
effective shore life must prove an effective recharging of the seafarers so
that they can go back to the seas with renewed vigour.
use ITF’s Shore Leave app to explore, save and suggest places of interest, such
as sports facilities, bars and even bus stops, as well as share their
recommendations with others visiting that particular port or city.
Once downloaded, it works offline and all the contacts
are stored in seafarers’ phones. Users can find and contact the nearest
seafarers’ centre; save maps offline and share useful locations with other
seafarers; and drop pins on the map to highlight useful venues.
Available since 2014, the new version enables
seafarers to enter a raffle each time they visit a seafarers’ centre by
scanning a QR code.