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About Centre for Maritime Health


The Swedish Centre for Maritime Health (CMH) is a web based network with the aim to facilitate contacts between people or organisations interested in maritime health issues. CMH was started as an initiative from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Arbets- och miljömedicin, AMM), Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden.

If you have problems finding answers to questions regarding maritime health, you may contact us at the Swedish Centre for Maritime Medicine.

Description of objectives

CMH aims to contribute to the spread of information on

  • national and international research and development within maritime health
  • courses, education, conferences in maritime health
  • news in maritime work environment issues
  • medical fitness examinations of seafarers
  • occupational health hazards on board ships such as vibrations (total body, hand and arm), noise, temperature, ventilation, cancer related exposures (oils, benzene, engine exhausts, asbestos, chemicals), electromagnetic fields, radar, ergonomics, stress and other psychological risk factors
  • occupational health hazards associated with different positions and work tasks on board, for instance work in engine rooms, on deck, on call duty, or with different types of vessels (passenger, container, tanker ships)
  • health hazards for women on board, e.g. related to pregnancy

Collaborating partners

  • Maritime Joint Work Environment Council, SAN (Sjöfartens Arbetsmiljönämnd, SAN)
  • The Swedish Maritime Administration
  • Maritime Department of the Swedish Transport Agency (incorporates former Maritime Safety Inspectorate)
  • Human Factors Research Group at Shipping and marine technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
  • Radio Medical, Sahlgrenska University Hospital
  • Health services working for ship companies
  • National board of health and welfare (Socialstyrelsen)
  • Swedish work environment authority (Arbetsmiljöverket)
  • Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan)
  • International maritime health association, IMHA
  • Centres of maritime medicine in other countries
  • Specialists and organizations in diving medicine


Karl Forsell Ralph Nilsson
 Karl Forsell  Ralph Nilsson
 MD, PhD-student  MD, PhD
 karl.forsell@vll.se  ralph.nilsson@amm.gu.se


Contact Information

Centre for Maritime Health

Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Box 414, SE-405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Medicinaregatan 16, Göteborg

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