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PostHeaderIcon ... Understanding sleep


The importance of sleep in our 24-hour routine is unquestionable. It is often simplified to a time frame, within which we fall asleep, thus hopefully rest so we can have another effective day. There is however, a lot more to sleep than just a lull time period, when little else but rest gets accomplished. Sleep science has evolved over the last 7 decades or so, into an elaborate research that is hoping to explain a number of human ailments. In this article however, the main focus is on sleep and how it relates to our performance. Performance not necessarily viewed as a simple OPH (output per hour), but rather a self-conscious and safe state of personal alertness. In turn, it directly relates to our state of fatigue, thus influencing are judgment and ability to respond in an effective and responsible way.

The marine industry, and shipboard work especially, imposes a number of unique challenges, that few of the others do. It is a constant flow of tasks that must be performed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It does not differentiate a week day from a holiday, it knows of no breaks or special rest periods, it implies a work environment with a never ending need for readiness.

Fatigue has been linked to majority of human error based accidents. USCG has officially released data that connects 80% of all marine accidents to a human factor. Whether this was due to a fatigue or an incompetence is for another discussion.

Sleep is a complex function of the human body.

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Below is a brief caption from the University of Vanderbilt research project on Inclusion of Fatigue Effects in Human Reliability Analysis:

Last Updated (Wednesday, 24 July 2013 03:57)

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PostHeaderIcon ... An anti-piracy campaign web site and more

The time goes on, so does the piracy. And the Somali pirates are thriving more than ever. Ironically, this is all taking place as the international naval fleet is continuing its efforts to change the rules of the game. Unfortunately that is turning out to be more of a smoke screen than a real attempt to fix the long going problem. A very serious one. However, anything that the industry or relevant entities do to cope with the issue is worth supporting.

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The Save Our Seafarers campaign is one of those attempts. While I personnally have no faith in it as it basically submits letters to a designated by the supporting mariner country, there is at least a remote chance to have our voices be heard where it might, ultimately, make a difference.

The website is self explanatory. Just click on the Support Our Campaign in right top corner and it will take you to a simple set up page where you can enter you name and country of choice upon which the sample letter will be shown, so you can see what is being submitted in your name. All in all it can't hurt, so please support it.

On another note, here is the Ocean Beyond Piracy project. It's affiliation with OFE scares me personally, but that's a different matter alltogether. The project itself though is a good source on piracy and related issues. And that is always a good thing.

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Last Updated (Saturday, 09 April 2011 15:00)


PostHeaderIcon ... Fighting piracy by rerouting ships ?

It is becoming one of the solutions to piracy in the Gulf of Aden: ships go the long way, around the Cape of Good Hope instead of Suez Canal. In addition some reroutings are claimed to be due to economic reality and high Suez Canal fees.

BIMCO (an international shipping association based in Danmark) has put together a cost analysis for such a switch that takes into account Suez Canal fees or VLCC delightering costs prior to transiting canal.

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See the whole article at BIMCO website.

Earlier this year Hapag-Lloyd and other members of the Great Allience, have opted to reroute their eastbound ships via Good Hope, no mention of piracy. View article at


Last Updated (Saturday, 12 December 2009 14:24)

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