Robert Goodwill MP previews Steamship Mutual's new loss prevention DVD - Fit for Life - during LISW

September 2015

L-R Chris Adams, Robert Goodwill MP, Gary Rynsard

The Managers of Steamship Mutual were delighted to welcome Mr Robert Goodwill MP, Minister for UK Shipping and Ports, to their offices during London International Shipping Week, on 9 September 2015, for a preview of the Club’s forthcoming new loss prevention DVD Fit for Life’. This DVD, produced with the financial support of The Ship Safety Trust, is directed towards improving the health and fitness of seafarers for the ultimate benefit of those individuals, their families and their employers.

‘Fit for Life’ is a response to a persistently high exposure to crew illness claims. On investigation, many of those claims reveal the existence of medical conditions that ought to have been detected at the stage of the pre-employment medical examination (PEME). It is vitally important that seafarers are fit for seagoing employment. There is no way of knowing when a particular medical condition might incapacitate an individual or where the ship might be at that time. Consequently seafarers who are not fit represent a potential and serious risk not only to themselves, but also to their colleagues and others outside the vessel.

However, each serious crew illness claim that the Club encounters represents much more than just a financial cost to the Club and its Members. For the individual who is the victim of illness, the consequences can be tragic and devastating. In order to minimise these potential impacts upon individuals and their families, the Club’s Managers strongly believe that there are benefits to be derived from informing and educating seafarers about health and fitness , and the actions they can take to improve their well-being.

The DVD examines the most frequently encountered conditions that can result in unfitness – for example obesity, high blood pressure or hypertension, diabetes, and hepatitis. The principal doctors from some of the Club’s recommended PEME clinics explain each of these conditions and their causes. The inter-relationship between obesity, hypertension and diabetes, and the causal effect that lifestyle has on the chance of developing these conditions is emphasised. The point is made that all seafarers have the means to minimise the risk of developing these conditions through the lifestyle choices they can make associated with diet, exercise and giving up smoking.

As with other of the Club’s loss prevention DVDs Fit for Life’ also features useful reference material, such as exercise routines that can be followed without the need for equipment, links to relevant websites with a focus on crew health and well-being, and an interactive Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator and chart.

Steamship Mutual will launch ‘Fit for Life’ at a premiere showing at the Barbican on 22 September 2015. A short trailer, with narration from Capt. Leo C. Tenorio, CEO Operations of Marlow Navigation (Phils) Inc., Manila, can be found on the Club’s website at www.steamshipmutual.com/loss-prevention/fitforlife.htm.