Health and well-being in maritime pilotage: exploring the factors that matter

Chambers, Timothy P. and Main, Luana C. 2016, Health and well-being in maritime pilotage: exploring the factors that matter, in Ergoship 2016: Shaping shipping for people. Maritime Human Factors Conference, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 1-8.

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Title Health and well-being in maritime pilotage: exploring the factors that matter
Author(s) Chambers, Timothy P.
Main, Luana C.ORCID iD for Main, Luana C.
Conference name Ergoship Maritime Human Factors Conference (2016: Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 6-7 Apr. 2016
Title of proceedings Ergoship 2016: Shaping shipping for people. Maritime Human Factors Conference
Publication date 2016
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary Maritime pilotage is a demanding occupation where pilots are required to perform complex procedures in sometimes unfamiliar working environments. The psychological (e.g., stress) and physical demands (e.g., reduced sleep, boarding, and departing vessels) may over time have a damaging effect on pilots’ physical and mental health. This presentation will focus on findings from a recent systematic review on maritime pilots’ health and well-being.
Materials and methods
The databases Academic search complete, MEDLINE and MEDLINE Complete, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PubMed, and ScienceDirect were searched from the earliest available record until 1 May 2015. From an initial pool of 167 manuscripts retrieved, only 18 were peer-reviewed original research and discussed topics associated with maritime pilots’ health and well-being.
Twenty-nine factors associated with maritime pilot health and well-being were identified, and were categorised into physical (n=14), psychosocial (n=8), and workplace issues (n=7). The most commonly investigated factors were blood pressure or heartrate, sleep or fatigue, smoking and alcohol consumption, perceived stress, and shift duration or cycle.
Results from the review suggest that the number of modern-day pilots presenting as overweight or obese, and that the prevention of CVD and associated cardio-metabolic risk factors is of paramount importance. In presenting the findings, recommendations for multidisciplinary approaches to better quantify the impact of maritime pilotage on long-term health and well-being will be made.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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