Seafarer mental health and well-being has been an area of concern for a long time, even more, in 2020 an industry-wide survey on seafarer wellbeing showed that 54% of seafarers felt they were not being actively helped to manage stress and fatigue.
Psychophysiological states such as workload, stress, situation awareness, and fatigue are important individual factors as they may lead to human errors. According to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) 2020 annual overview of maritime casualties and incidents study, 54% of incidents are caused by “human factors”. It is critically important that these states could be monitored during the assessment of maritime professionals working in safety critical jobs.
According to the latest ITF Seafarers’ trust & Yale university’s “Seafarer Mental Health Study 2020” 25% of seafarer’s survey results suggest depression and anxiety at workplace , which results in increased likelihood of injury, illness and planning to leave the work in the next 6-month period.
CleverPointMarine promotes awareness about the importance of mental health and stress management, with immersive VR assessment and training programs which combine cognitive and mental well-being solutions.
WE MEASURE WHAT'S IMPORTANT…
Perception is the sensory experience of the surrounding environment and allows us to maintain constant situation awareness which is essential for job safety. It involves both recognizing environmental stimuli and taking coordinated actions in response to these stimuli.
Ability to filter distractions and focus on relevant information in changing situations and environments. We constantly use attention to focus on a specific activity, switch our attention between objects, avoid distractions, maintain constant level of attention and to carry out several actions simultaneously.
Executive function is a set of mental skills that include planning, organization, concentration and self-control. Maritime professionals use these skills every day to plan, memorize, make decisions, solve problems and manage daily life.
Workability is a person’s ability to perform a specific activity within specific time frame and performance parameters. Everyday operational challenges which seafarers encounter require high efficiency and constant monitoring to fulfill the objectives and scheduled plan.
Arousal and stress has been found to affect not only the productivity but also health and wellness of people. According to Yerkes-Dodson law performance increases with physiological or mental arousal (stress) but only up to a point. When the level of stress becomes too high, performance decreases. It is well known that seafarers are always exposed to various stressors on board for several months.
Resilience is the process of being able to adapt well and recover quickly in stressful situations. Reduced resilience impairs our response to difficult or stressful situations often encountered in different maritime professions. Developing resilience allows us to use our brains to the best of our abilities during challenging times and while working in safety critical environments.
…TO IMPROVE WHAT MATTERS
Achieve more and overcome obstacles you may face by constant self-development of Your mind and talents including leadership and setting an example for others.
Boost perception of your surrounding environment at all times, comprehend what's happening around you and predict how this will affect You
Enhance ability to filter distractions and focus on relevant information
Strengthen and improve Your executive functions
Keep track of Your stress levels and learn different resilience techniques to effectively deal with problems and challenges in day to day life.
Protect yourself from fatigue and burnout by practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques after excessive workload and stressful situations.
Situational awareness and coordination
Attention and concentration
Reasoning and Memory
Cognitive load is the mental effort put forth by an individual in response to one or more specific tasks. This is a human-centered view rather than task-centered. Heavy cognitive load increases fatigue and burnout risk. It decreases cognitive performance causing factors like short-term memory issues, problems with concentration, and increased time to complete specific tasks. This affects everyone, regardless of occupation.
VALUE FOR MARITIME PROFESSIONALS
Keep track of the stress, concentration levels, fatigue and other factors that might impair Your work and decision making capabilities.
Free will to choose your own area and technique of self-development, with wide range of tools and methods
Manage skills to respond to emerging and stressful situations by boosting resilience and recovery
Improve your work-life balance and mental health
VALUE FOR COMPANIES
Recruitment and promotion support
Individual work-style identification by assessing physiological and cognitive abilities of the employee and conditions that shape human performance
Strengthen Your fleet
Study and manage the important skills that are needed, for maritime professionals and teams, to identify and respond to unexpected, changing and stressful conditions.
Enhance reputation through a proactive approach to human factor development, by building strong teams and appropriate workplace conditions to support rather than hinder people's task performance.
Reduction of unforeseen costs
Early burnout and turnover identification and timely response to help and not lose an employee
Unbiased analytics on psychological and physiological parameters for different employee groups (deck/engine room, management/operation)
Health, Environment and Well-being
Adaptation of workplace and training environment to support employee performance and productivity and reduce the risk of human error, injury or ill-health
VALUE IN TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Develop employee interest in maintaining Mental Health as well as motivation, productivity and immersion to the training content
Improve the quality and validity of competency assessments by addressing the factors that might impair trainee performance
Decrease learning and training time by measuring attention and interest levels to the educational content.
Collect unbiased focus group feedback to deeply study user behavior and find out users’ reaction to the virtual environment.
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CleverPoint Marine has signed (15.07.2022) an agreement (SKV-L-2022/306) with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) on receiving support in the framework of "Promotion of International Competitiveness", co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).