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On your ships, get set, go!

Milestone for the Hamburg e-healthy ship project: Start of scientific research on the health status of seafarers on board four merchant ships.

The time has come: The first test ship is on its way from Piraeus (Greece) to Hamburg. Four scientists have left their regular desks and transferred their work to the ship for 14 days.

Seafarers on board merchant ships live and work in a challenging environment exposed as they are to diverse stress factors such as the physical separation from family and friends, long and hard working days, time pressures, vibration and noise.

In this context, the scientific team of the e-healthy ship project will determine the health, nutrition and fitness status of the seafarers on board. The culturally diverse crews’ knowledge and understanding of health issues will also be recorded.

Questionnaires were developed, devices tested and methods approved over several months to prepare for this milestone. Now the project is moving from theory to practice - with the aim of developing preventative measures that may assist seafarers in optimising their working and living conditions on board.

Project result: Digital platform for health promotion

The data collected on board the four participating merchant ships will be used to develop an e-health platform as main result of the e-healthy ship project. The platform will consist of several modules and link different maritime information systems. The "E-learning" module, for example, is intended to provide interesting information for seafarers on nutrition, sports and relaxation techniques on board.

About the e-healthy ship project

e-healthy ship is an interdisciplinary project with the aim of optimising health management on merchant ships. The project is funded by the European Union (ERDF) and the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH).

Project partners are the Institute for Occupational Medicine and Maritime Medicine (ZfAM) / University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), software developer Hanseaticsoft GmbH and the two Hamburg shipping companies Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG and KG Reederei Roth GmbH & Co.

The scientific team of the e-healthy ship project is ready to start: The first of a total of four surveys on the health status of seafarers begins in May 2018. | © e-healthy ship