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It is known that due to their nature of work, seafarers are often exposed to difficult working conditions, causing them job stress. Namely, job stress relates to a serious physiological condition that causes adverse mental and physical reactions to the body, such as the well-known panic attacks.

To begin with, panic attacks include extreme anxiety and physical sensations of fear, for example increased heart rate, shortness of breath, trembling and muscle tension. However, when looking at panic attacks, it is important to understand that not all the symptoms mentioned above need to be present to diagnose someone with an anxiety disorder.

Panic attacks occur frequently and unexpectedly and are often not related to any external threat, while they can last from a few minutes to half an hour. Thus, the physical and emotional effects of the attack may last for a few hours. For the record, up to 35% of the population experience a panic attack at some time in their lives. Although nearly 90% of people who have attacks get relief after treatment.

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Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea issued ten tips focusing on how to deal with the mental health impacts onboard amid the pandemic.

As explained, working at sea, especially amid a pandemic, exposes seafarers to a number of factors that can push them towards mental health problems.

Therefore, it is important to be aware of these and know there are options available should seafarers need to speak to a mental champion onboard or a professional organisation for emotional support.

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Shots were fired for two hours

A Turkish-flagged Ro-Ro cargo ship became subject of a piracy attack while underway off Somalia on Friday, 13 August, according to information provided by EU NAVFOR.

As reported, the EU NAVFOR ATALANTA Joint Operation Centre received an alert according to which the MV ANATOLIAN was under attack by a skiff with 4-5 armed persons onboard. Reportedly, the skiff attempted to approach the vessel and opened fire with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG). One of these RPG caused damage in the vicinity of the bridge.

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Information Fusion Centre released its mid-year report focusing on different maritime security categories for the period from January to June 2021.

Namely, IFC marked a total of 42 theft, robbery and piracy incidents during that period, a 35% decrease in comparison to 2020.

In total, 458 maritime security incidents were reported in the first half of 2021, a 13% decline compared to the same period last year.