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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.

Abstract

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 this problem. 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 maritime database.

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ID Code: 322
Item Type: Book
Additional Information: The contents of this manual can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: stress, fatigue, health, seafarers, sailors, survey
ISBN: 0642320071
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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