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Food and Wellbeing

Food and wellbeing

“Well-being” is the state of being healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy. And “Wellness” is the act of practicing healthy habits daily to attain better physical and mental health outcomes. Let’s make, being healthy, a part of our overall lifestyle and prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses.

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A healthy balanced diet includes:
Eating lots of vegetables and fruit.
Choosing whole-grain foods.
Make water your drink of choice.
Eating healthy protein (dairy, legumes, seafood, poultry, eggs, lean meats)
Limiting high & ultra-processed foods (soft drinks, chips, packaged juices,
chocolate, nuggets, hotdogs, fries, sausages, etc)

A balanced diet is essential for our body for several reasons. It provides us with the energy for day-to-day activities, helps us to grow, makes our bones and muscles strong, repairs damaged body cells, and boosts our immunity against
external harmful elements.

Research has shown that regularly eating processed and red meats (beef, lamb, pork) which are high in saturated fat, can raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. Always opt for leaner cuts of unprocessed red meat, since they are unprocessed and do not contain excess salt, fat, or preservatives.

Processed red meats (bacon, hot dogs, sausage, salami, etc) carry the highest risk of health problems. Saturated fat and trans fat raise our cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. Hence, its highly recommend that we limit the amount of red meat and choose lean cuts of meat, instead.

What we eat, doesn’t just affect our physical health, it also affects our mental health and wellbeing. A well-balanced healthy diet provides all the energy we
need to keep active throughout the day. We must moderate the food intake to avoid giving wrong instructions to our bodies, we could become overweight or undernourished, and at risk for falling prey to diseases and conditions.

As the saying goes “you are what you eat" Eating healthy can boost the “good” cholesterol and decrease unhealthy triglyceride levels. Vitamins and nutrients
obtained from a healthy diet are essential for overall wellbeing. They help us relax and get better quality of sleep, unlike fatty and sugary foods at night,
which makes it difficult to fall asleep. In general, food provides vital nutrients that provide energy for all functions of the body.

Eating well boosts the immune system, which helps protect us from common infectious illnesses like allergies, colds, flu, etc. Many healthy foods also provide mood-boosting nourishment and improved cognitive functions like concentration, memory, and creativeness. Let us stay on guard and protect our health, which is the greatest of human blessings.

* STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *
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Prevention Of Food Poisoning

Prevention Of Food Poisoning!!! 

Drawing attention to the recent unfortunate mass food poisoning onboard couple of vessels, leading to fatal deaths. This broadcast is to reiterate the importance of maintaining food safety on board and more importantly “always”.
Good food hygiene is more than cleanliness; it requires food to be protected from the risk of harmful contamination by bacteria, chemicals, and other foreign bodies from the point of delivery to point of consumption. Food must be protected against all forms of bad bacterial contamination. Hence, maintaining high standards of personal cleanliness and food safety is a must to start with. Any existing bacteria already in the food must be prevented from growing to dangerous levels. Most bacteria can be destroyed by thorough cooking (except pre-formed toxins).

prevention of food poisoningTo reduce the risk of food poisoning, the following control measures to be in place:

  • Personal hygiene.
  • Temperature control (keep food hot >63°C or cold <5°C).
  •  Segregation of raw and cooked foods.
  • Ensuring no risk of cross-contamination via hands, clothes, etc.
  •  Thorough cooking (cook to 70 Celsius for minimum 15 seconds).

To help stop bacteria from growing, please ensure the following:

  •  When the label says, ' keep refrigerated ' food must be stored in the fridge.
  •  Food should be cooked as near as possible to the time of meal service.
  •  Raw food must always be kept apart from cooked food.
  •  Separate refrigerators should be used for this purpose.
  •  All food in the refrigerator should be wrapped to prevent cross-contamination (SS container with lid/cling film/silver foil).
  •  Raw food (that often contains pathogenic bacteria) to be wrapped and placed at the bottom of the refrigerator (below-cooked food).
  •  Food should always be subjected to the least possible handling and full use is to be made of serving implements (tongs/spoons/ladles/food gloves).
  • Prepared dishes, such as meat, desserts with milk, egg, or cream ingredients must always be cooled as quickly as possible, covered, and refrigerated.
  • Food for cooking or service is to be covered and stowed in a refrigerator.
  • Butter and conserves for table use are to be similarly protected.
  • Flies and insects are carriers of disease and exposed food provides a serious threat to health. Newspaper / printed papers must not be used for food wrapping. Only grease-proof paper or a suitable food wrap should be used.
  • Food, when being transported, must be suitably covered. The suitable head covering must be always worn when working in a food preparation area/galley (head has the maximum bacteria on a person).
  • All fruit and salad items are to be thoroughly rinsed in freshwater prior to issue.
  • All dry provisions are to be stored in sealed bags or containers. This helps to keep them fresh and stops anything falling into the food by accident.
  • Do not store food items near cleaning chemicals (chemical contamination).
  • Do not use food containers to store cleaning chemicals or non-food for food.
  • Do not reuse plastic water bottles unless they are certified for the same.
  • Do not place or store food on the floor (even inside the storerooms/freezer), this will lead to contamination through pests or dirty liquids.
  • Maintain the required temperatures in all the storerooms.

Personal Hygiene

  • It is essential for food handlers to strictly practice high standards of personal cleanliness. They should be clean and tidy and wear suitable light-colored protective clothing.
  • There must be adequate hand washbasins with soap and drying facilities. Disposable towels or a hot air dryer only must be used and NOT a cloth towel (shared towels cause cross-contamination).

Hands and Arms Clean:

  •  Cleaning Procedures: Clean hands and exposed portions of your arms with a hand wash liquid by vigorously rubbing together for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly rinsing with clean water. Pay more attention to the areas underneath the fingernails and between the fingers.
  • When to Wash Hands: Clean your hands and exposed portions of your arms immediately before starting any kind of food preparation, including working with exposed food, clean equipment, and utensils.

1. After touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean exposed portions of arms. After using the toilet/restroom.
2. After coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating, or drinking.
3. After handling soiled equipment or utensils. During food preparation
(as often as necessary to remove soil & to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks).
4. When switching between working with raw food and working with Ready-To-Eat food.
5. Before putting on gloves for working with food or clean equipment and between glove changes.
6. After engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands.

Good food hygiene requires the sourcing of safe food. In certain circumstances, unsafe food will always remain unsafe regardless of the measures taken. Hence it is important that we engage with reliable and recommended vendors to supply safe provisions.

* STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *

Prevention Of Food Poisoning!!! 

Drawing attention to the recent unfortunate mass food poisoning onboard couple of vessels, leading to fatal deaths. This broadcast is to reiterate the importance of maintaining food safety on board and more importantly “always”.
Good food hygiene is more than cleanliness; it requires food to be protected from the risk of harmful contamination by bacteria, chemicals, and other foreign bodies from the point of delivery to point of consumption. Food must be protected against all forms of bad bacterial contamination. Hence, maintaining high standards of personal cleanliness and food safety is a must to start with. Any existing bacteria already in the food must be prevented from growing to dangerous levels. Most bacteria can be destroyed by thorough cooking (except pre-formed toxins).

To reduce the risk of food poisoning, the following control measures to be in place:

  • Personal hygiene.
  • Temperature control (keep food hot >63°C or cold <5°C).
  •  Segregation of raw and cooked foods.
  • Ensuring no risk of cross-contamination via hands, clothes, etc.
  •  Thorough cooking (cook to 70 Celsius for minimum 15 seconds).
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To help stop bacteria from growing, please ensure the following:

  •  When the label says, ‘keep refrigerated’, food must be stored in the fridge.
  •  Food should be cooked as near as possible to the time of meal service.
  •  Raw food must always be kept apart from cooked food.
  •  Separate refrigerators should be used for this purpose.
  •  All food in the refrigerator should be wrapped to prevent cross-contamination (SS container with lid/cling film/silver foil).
  •  Raw food (that often contains pathogenic bacteria) to be wrapped and placed at the bottom of the refrigerator (below-cooked food).
  •  Food should always be subjected to the least possible handling and full use is to be made of serving implements (tongs/spoons/ladles/food gloves).
  • Prepared dishes, such as meat, desserts with milk, egg, or cream ingredients must always be cooled as quickly as possible, covered, and refrigerated.
  • Food for cooking or service is to be covered and stowed in a refrigerator.
  • Butter and conserves for table use are to be similarly protected.
  • Flies and insects are carriers of disease and exposed food provides a serious threat to health. Newspaper / printed papers must not be used for food wrapping. Only grease-proof paper or a suitable food wrap should be used.
  • Food, when being transported, must be suitably covered. The suitable head covering must be always worn when working in a food preparation area/galley (head has the maximum bacteria on a person).
  • All fruit and salad items are to be thoroughly rinsed in freshwater prior to issue.
  • All dry provisions are to be stored in sealed bags or containers. This helps to keep them fresh and stops anything falling into the food by accident.
  • Do not store food items near cleaning chemicals (chemical contamination).
  • Do not use food containers to store cleaning chemicals or non-food for food.
  • Do not reuse plastic water bottles unless they are certified for the same.
  • Do not place or store food on the floor (even inside the storerooms/freezer), this will lead to contamination through pests or dirty liquids.
  • Maintain the required temperatures in all the storerooms.

Personal Hygiene

  • It is essential for food handlers to strictly practice high standards of personal cleanliness. They should be clean and tidy and wear suitable light-colored protective clothing.
  • There must be adequate hand washbasins with soap and drying facilities. Disposable towels or a hot air dryer only must be used and NOT a cloth towel (shared towels cause cross-contamination).
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Hands and Arms Clean:

  •  Cleaning Procedures: Clean hands and exposed portions of your arms with a hand wash liquid by vigorously rubbing together for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly rinsing with clean water. Pay more attention to the areas underneath the fingernails and between the fingers.
  • When to Wash Hands: Clean your hands and exposed portions of your arms immediately before starting any kind of food preparation, including working with exposed food, clean equipment, and utensils.
  1. After touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean exposed portions of arms. After using the toilet/restroom.
  2. After coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating, or drinking.
  3. After handling soiled equipment or utensils. During food preparation
    (as often as necessary to remove soil &amp; to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks).
  4. When switching between working with raw food and working with Ready-To-Eat food.
  5. Before putting on gloves for working with food or clean equipment and between glove changes.
  6. After engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands.

Good food hygiene requires the sourcing of safe food. In certain circumstances, unsafe food will always remain unsafe regardless of the measures taken. Hence it is important that we engage with reliable and recommended vendors to supply safe provisions.

* STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *

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Menu Planning

Menu planning is the pivot of the food preparation operations in the marine industry. It is an advance plan of a dietary pattern, over a given period. The Menu is the summary of food dishes, designed to fulfil the nutritional needs of the crew. It is planned with a lot of care, keeping in mind the needs of the crew and what the galley can cater to. The biggest advantage of a well-planned menu is that it leads to crew wellbeing and satisfaction. It also helps to motivate the galley team for responsible and successful food service.

menu planningThe aim of menu planning is to:
• Meet nutritional needs – (Food is part of medical therapy)
• Provide attractive, appetizing meals
• Simplify purchase, preparation, and storage of meals
• Plan meals within the food budget
• Meet/exceed crew expectations
• Provide quality, standardization & predictability

Menu planning is one of the important activities of galley operations executed by the Food Committee and the chief cook. Menu planning calls for careful thought on many factors that would determine success.

Menu planning

Menu planning is the pivot of the food preparation operations in the marine industry. It is an advance plan of a dietary pattern, over a given period. The Menu is the summary of food dishes, designed to fulfil the nutritional needs of the crew. It is planned with a lot of care, keeping in mind the needs of the crew and what the galley can cater to. The biggest advantage of a well-planned menu is that it leads to crew wellbeing and satisfaction. It also helps to motivate the galley team for responsible and successful food service.

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The aim of menu planning is to:

  •  Meet nutritional needs – (Food is part of medical therapy).
  • Provide attractive, appetizing meals.
  •  Simplify purchase, preparation, and storage of meals.
  • Plan meals within the food budget.
  • Meet/exceed crew expectations.
  • Provide quality, standardization & predictability.

Menu planning is one of the important activities of galley operations executed by the Food Committee and the chief cook. Menu planning calls for careful thought on many factors that would determine success.

Factors to be considered while planning:

  • Stock in hand: Helps to plan the menu in accordance with storeroom availability.
  • Events and celebrations: Plan menu for the upcoming events first, and then the rest of
    the menu period accordingly.
  • Balanced Diet: To build a healthy meal, divide your dish into equal parts of lean
    protein, complex carbohydrates, and fibrous veggies.
  • Colour: Plan multiple colour combinations to break the monotony.
  • Cooking method: Use multiple cooking methods in a meal (boil, fry, bake, sauté etc).
  • Service time: Start and end time of the meal should be considered.
  • Production process: The type of production process implemented, such as traditional
    cook serve, centralized production, cook-chill, cook-freeze, etc, should be considered.
  • Convenience products: Whether full or part readymade items to be included.
  • Style of service: Consider the service style (regular sit-down buffet or party night).
  • Crew Expectations: Consider feedbacks and suggestions to incorporate them.

* STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *

  • Stock in hand: Helps to plan the menu in accordance with storeroom availability.
  • Events and celebrations: Plan menu for the upcoming events first, and then the rest of
    the menu period accordingly.
  • Balanced Diet: To build a healthy meal, divide your dish into equal parts of lean
    protein, complex carbohydrates, and fibrous veggies.
  • Colour: Plan multiple colour combinations to break the monotony.
  • Cooking method: Use multiple cooking methods in a meal (boil, fry, bake, sauté etc).
  • Service time: Start and end time of the meal should be considered.
  • Production process: The type of production process implemented, such as traditional
    cook serve, centralized production, cook-chill, cook-freeze, etc, should be considered.
  • Convenience products: Whether full or part readymade items to be included.
  • Style of service: Consider the service style (regular sit-down buffet or party night).
  • Crew Expectations: Consider feedbacks and suggestions to incorporate them.

For cost-effective, fresh, healthy and wholesome offshore catering services, choose Scorpio Marine every time.

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International Chef Day – Photo & Video contest – 2021

We are  thrilled  to announce  the winners  of the second edition of our “International Chef Day” contest.

The primary  aim  of the  contest was to recognise  the  contribution  of  our  galley teams, that through their skill, passion and hard work, add so much flavour to life at sea. We asked our chefs at sea to show us glimpses of their culinary skills by preparing innovative, presentable, and flavourful dishes through photos and videos.

We received almost 400 entries for the contest, and we thank each one of you for taking out the time from your busy schedules on board to send them across. We shared a few of the photographs on social media too and received an overwhelming response. After the contest closed on 18th October, the entries were reviewed and shortlisted by Mr Deva Senapathy, from Scorpio Marine Services, a Hospitality graduate with 30 years of varied experience in Luxury hotels, Catering Institutes, Cruise Liners, Corporate Administration and Human Resources.

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Around the World

 (Theme : Make our audience travel around the world through the best of the best food delicacies.

Prepare the main course or a type of street food and send us a photo that would transport us to the country of its origin. It can be any cuisine of your choice.)

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Winner

Chief Cook Satbir Singh – Berge Weisshorn (Cash prize of 500 USD) for preparing an elaborate Italian feast of nibbles, starters and mains from one of the world’s most popular cuisines.

Runners up

  • 1st Runner up – Chief Cook Jasimuddin Ahammed – AYOE (Cash prize of 300 USD) for transporting us to the beaches of Sri Lanka with his delicious Sri Lankan fish roast.
  • 2nd Runner up – Chief Cook Hari Vengadapathy – BW Lord (Cash prize of 300 USD) for tantalising the taste buds of all seafood lovers with his lobster tandoori.

Clean Eats

(Theme : With everyone trying to get fit and eat healthy, this theme would be perfect to judge the skills of our chefs on board and challenge them to use their creativity and imagination to prepare a healthy dish without compromising on taste, flavour and presentation).

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Winner

Chief Cook Israf Ali – Kmarin Resolution (Cash prize of 500 USD) for his indulgent yet calorie-conscious ‘devilled eggs’ alongside simple baked potatoes in the very attractive Hasselback fashion.

Runners up

  • 1st Runner up – Chief Cook Ramesh Castro – Kmarin Respect (Cash prize of 300 USD) for his chicken in mole sauce,​ showing us how ​a healthy ​dish can also be presentable and full of flavour.
  • 2nd Runner up – Chief Cook Ansari Mohammad Asif – Nord Skate (Cash prize of 300 USD) for his amazing display of food art with fruits and vegetables available in the kitchen on a daily basis.

Sweet and Sugar

(Theme : Bake or no-bake, you are welcome to prepare any dessert of your choice and share your photos/videos with us. The participant hailed as the master baker should satisfy the judges’ sweet cravings even from a thousand miles away).

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Doughnuts

Winner

General Steward Ajith Venugopal – Kmarin Respect (Cash prize of 500 USD) for his perfectly layered and exquisitely presented ‘rainbow delight’.

Runners up

  • 1st Runner up – Chief Cook Robert Mata Tano – BW Rye (Cash prize of 300 USD) for his classic and most popular dessert amongst our seafarers, the ‘assorted doughnuts’.
  • 2nd Runner up – Chief Cook Sahaya Arins Micheal Pitchai – Southern Rouse (Cash prize of 300 USD) for his classic French pastry, Mille-Feuille, whose origin dates back hundreds of years.

Congratulations to the winners, runners-up, and everyone who participated and yet again helped make this contest a grand success! We look forward to your participation in the next edition as well.

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International Dessert Day
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International Dessert Day

Scorpio Marine Services, in collaboration with leading ship manager, Synergy Marine Group, organized a first of its kind photo contest to mark the “International Dessert Day” (14th October 2020) and “International Chefs Day” (20th October 2020). The primary aim of these contests was to recognize the contribution of the galley teams onboard cargo ships, who through their skill, passion, and hard work, add so much flavour to life at sea.

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The contest received an overwhelming response with over 600 photographs from Synergy’s diverse fleet of 400 + vessels. The entries were shortlisted by Scorpio Marine’s General Manager, Mr. Deva Senapathy, a hospitality professional with three decades of varied experience in luxury hotels, catering institutes, and cruise liners. All the winners and runners-up received cash awards sponsored by Scorpio.

We would once again like to thank all the participating galley teams for their tremendous response. The winners and runners-up were as follows:

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Winner

  • Chief cook Dionicio Dela Cruz Jr. and the galley team onboard the “Nicoline Bulker”.

Runners up

  • Chief Cook Alexander Gaviola and the galley team onboard the “Nord Columbia”.
  • Chief Cook Rajesh Vaniyan and the galley team onboard the “Nave Pulsar”.
  • Chief Cook HRI Singh and the galley team onboard the “Emerald Express”.
  • Chief Cook Riyaz Mohamad and the galley team onboard the “Sea Duck”.

International Chefs Day

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Winner

  • Chief Cook Hermen Derence and the galley team onboard the “BW Yushi”.

Runners up

  • Chief Cook Derlinson Nazarane and the galley team onboard the “Trammo Cornell”.
  • Chief Cook Madhusoodnan V. Nair and the galley team onboard the “BW Thor”.
  • Chief Cook Byron Boayes and the galley team onboard the “Lowlands Rise”.
  • Chief Cook Don Quijote and the galley team onboard the “Nord Quebec”.

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Importance of Food Safety And Hygiene In Ship’s Galley

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Galley Food Safety Catering Services

The “Galley” is the most important part of a sea-going vessel. It is the place where nutritious meals are prepared for the hard-working ship’s crew. Based on the size of the ship, the Galley would be preparing food from 10 to up to few thousands, on large cruise liners, on a day.

The Galley, being the heart of the social fabric, needs to be ensured that the layout, appliances, and safety equipment. These are perfectly aligned to the grueling chores in hand.

A safe, nutritious, and low-fat food provides the seafarers with adequate energy to perform their duties, protect their health and fight any fatigue symptoms. On the other side, if the standard hygiene practices are not handled properly onboard, food can be a major cause of diseases and foodborne outbreaks. Handling the Food Safely is of prime importance within the prevention of food-related problems onboard ships. To begin with, the sourcing of wholesome, healthy, and hygienic raw food items is very important to achieve the required food safety standards.

Galleys, food storerooms, and dining rooms are subject to MLC inspections to ensure seafarer’s health, safety, and welfare is well-taken care of. Hence, it is of prime importance that they are kept in shipshape condition to avoid any food-borne diseases, which can put vessels and crew in danger.

The following are the main risks to food safety in the galley, and service areas:

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  • Biological hazards: (bacteria, viruses, moulds, yeasts, or parasites)

These organisms are commonly related to humans and raw products entering food preparation sites. Therefore, the cooking temperature of food, storage temperature & time, and awareness and execution of hygienic practices by food handlers onboard ships play a very important role in food safety.

 

chemical hazards in food

  • Chemical hazards (e.g., cleaning agents)

Chemical contamination of food may occur unintentionally either during procurement or during food processing. It is important to identify and eliminate the dangers that lurk in every corner.

 

Scorpio Marine makes sure that the food combinations offer all macro and micro-nutrients as per World Health Organization’s recommended nutrient intakes. This helps the seafarers to avoid any deficiency and to be healthy while on board.

Supplying healthy, wholesome, and safe meals on a controlled budget might be hard to achieve, however, SMS’s procurement resources help to provide balanced meals with high-quality ingredients for the crew from day one. Scorpio Marine specializes in supplying high-quality and safe provisions to all types of vessels around the globe (600 ports in 85 countries). Most of our clients are from Greece, Singapore, Norway, South Korea, Germany, UK, Denmark, India, Dubai, Netherlands

For more information on Scorpio Marine galley food safety Catering services, contact scorpiomarine@scorpiomarine.com