SEEING AND SURVIVING
11 March 2018
The new Director Maritime of CHIRP Maritime, Jeff Parfitt, got off to a flying start in his film-making with us by presenting a new film about the factors affecting vision at sea – the all-important “looking up and out”. Masterminded by John Rose, ‘Vision and Decision’ reported a new CHIRP-sponsored study by a University College London team, including research students (picture), which examined in detail key factors in the performance of the eye among seafarers. For instance, how it can take thirty minutes for eyes fully to adjust to darkness after being in bright light; how different parts of the eye in watch-keeping, going from looking at close-in navigational screens, to the open ocean beyond the bridge windows; and how of shift and night work impact on vision. A reminder of the importance of the ‘Mark 1 Eyeball’.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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