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Yuriy Dachev
Ivo Lazarov

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Yuriy Dachev
Ivo Lazarov

WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics

Print ISSN: 1109-9526
E-ISSN: 2224-2899

Volume 16, 2019

Notice: As of 2014 and for the forthcoming years, the publication frequency/periodicity of WSEAS Journals is adapted to the 'continuously updated' model. What this means is that instead of being separated into issues, new papers will be added on a continuous basis, allowing a more regular flow and shorter publication times. The papers will appear in reverse order, therefore the most recent one will be on top.

Volume 16, 2019

Impact of the Marine Environment on the Health and Еfficiency of Seafarers

AUTHORS: Yuriy Dachev, Ivo Lazarov

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ABSTRACT: Maritime transport has been the oldest and cheapest way of carriage of people and goods. Its modern development has led to an increase in productivity and energy efficiency as well as further automation of processes and reduction of crew composition. Seafarers find themselves in the midst of these processes. During voyages they have to subsist in a restricted space and limited social context along with being exposed to the marine environment. The operation of the peculiar on-board equipment, the risk of falling overboard, vibrations, tight compartments, the inherent microclimate, etc. have been recognized as potential triggers that cause various traumatic and psycho-emotional conditions in seafarers. Over time they could become chronic. Seafarers’ long duration of contracts often results in their inability to adapt to life on shore within the normal and expected time once they disembark from the vessel. This, in turn, may give rise to health and mental impairment and disorders. The present paper explores the impact of the marine environment on the health and employability of seafarers as well as any new technologies for the control of the effect of risk factors. The primary efforts are directed at raising seafarers’ awareness and training in their safety and health in the marine environment.

KEYWORDS: health, marine environment, risk factors, safety, seafarers


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WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1109-9526 / 2224-2899, Volume 16, 2019, Art. #31, pp. 282-287

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