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Seafarer’s health & wellbeing research: Shipping industry needs to improve to prevent injury and suicide

A new report examining key trends within crew-related insurance claims identifies concerns with an increase in injuries as well as a “worryingly high number” of the percentage of deaths caused by suicide among seafarers.

While there is a positive trend in illness-related claims (excluding COVID) the report warns that the industry must do better on issues such as mental health and addressing concerns such as isolation and working conditions.

Norwegian insurer Gard analyzed claims over the past five years reporting that personal claims made up nearly half of all the cases reported to the marine insurer. They reviewed 20,000 personal claims reporting most involved crew, although some incidents involved stevedores or passengers, concluding that there is a concern that crew claim frequency has been trending up since 2021.

Source: GARD

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