Among all the factors on board that affect sleep and alertness, the impact of light may be less known. SSPA performed an overview, funded by the Swedish Mercantile Marine Foundation. With a greater insight about the effects of light; mariners can adapt new routines to improve their well-being. We can all benefit from knowing how to use light to maximise our performance, but it is even more important for mariners who are working and living 24 hours a day in a harsh environment where good recovery is important for safe operation and health.
The trend of reduced sailing speed, or slow-steaming, presents shippers with new, complex challenges. SSPA has together with Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg studied how the Swedish industry has met and managed these challenges. The study has recently been published in Journal of Shipping and Trade.