A survey of the health stress and fatigue of Australian seafarers
Parker, Tony W., Hubinger, Lyle M., Green, S., Sargent, Leisa, & Boyd, Bob (1997) A survey of the health stress and fatigue of Australian seafarers. Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australian Government.
The Australian maritime industry is composed of a blue water or trading fleet, and
vessel operators that are contractors to the offshore oil and gas industry. The trading
fleet is comprised of 66 vessels which are predominantly dedicated to carrying cargo
(e.g. oil tankers, bulk cargo and container carriers). These vessels mostly operate in
coastal trades, with a small number involved in regular international trade. Vessel
operators in the offshore oil and gas industry provide and/or crew 50 specialised
vessels. These vessels service companies involved in the exploration, development
and production from oil and gas fields in the coastal waters of Australia and to a lesser
extent in South East Asian regions.
Historically, the physical rigours of working and living at sea have been accepted as
'part of the job'. In line with international trends over the last five years, the Australian
maritime industry has undergone major reforms to improve efficiency and
competitiveness. These reforms have altered aspects of the physical and cultural
environment of seafarers. The 'romance of the sea' is now characterised by small crew
sizes, increased technology and little or no time ashore in foreign ports. The impact of
these changes on the stress, fatigue and health of seafarers is not known. This
prompted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to initiate a project to investigate
The present study describes the health and lifestyle behaviours of a large sample of the
Australian seafaring population. It also examines levels of stress reported by seafarers,
and attempts to explore those factors which most contribute to work stress in the
maritime industry. No attempt has been made in the investigation to differentiate
between the "blue water" and the "offshore" sectors.
The importance of this document to the history of the Australian maritime industry is
substantial. It is the first report to present information on the entire industry, and as
such provides a benchmark for consideration of future industry reform for the benefits
of seafarers and other industry groups. Additionally, it contributes to the international
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|Keywords:||stress, fatigue, health, seafarers, sailors, survey|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1997 Australian Maritime Safety Authority|
|Deposited On:||22 Oct 2004|
|Last Modified:||05 Jan 2011 23:23|
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