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Seafarers ‘Happier’ to Start 2024

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Seafarers ‘Happier’ to Start 2024

Mike Schuler
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April 30, 2024

The latest Seafarer Happiness Index (SHI) report by the Mission to Seafarers shows an increase in overall happiness among seafarers, attributed to better financial security, positive crew relationships, improved connectivity, supportive company policies, and comprehensive training programs

The report reveals an optimistic start to 2024. The overall happiness score increased from 6.36 in the last quarter of 2023 to 6.94 out of 10 in the first quarter of 2024. The positive trend contrasts with the decline seen in 2023, indicating a cautiously optimistic outlook on satisfaction levels among seafarers.

Improvements in seafarer wellbeing have been driven by better financial security via fair wages and timely payments, positive crew relationships enhancing job satisfaction, and improved connectivity for superior communication with families.

The report also highlighted supportive company policies and leadership initiatives as having positive impacts on crew wellbeing, including access to recreational facilities, shore leave, high-quality food, and prioritization of health and safety. Additionally, comprehensive training programs foster seafarer competence and professional development.

However, the report also highlights persistent challenges requiring systemic reforms for seafarer wellbeing, including work-life balance issues like extended contracts and limited shore leave, leading to excessive workloads, stress, and fatigue. Substandard living conditions and disparities in access to welfare facilities also remain significant concerns.

A pressing concern highlighted in the report is the persistent allegations of fraudulent working hours reporting, which compromises safety standards and leads to inadequate rest periods.

Andrew Wright, Secretary-General of The Mission to Seafarers, is optimistic about the positive start to 2024, but drew attention to the need for sustained improvement through meaningful action.

“After the depressing slump in seafarer happiness that we witnessed in 2023, it is encouraging to see a brighter start to 2024. We are cautiously optimistic that this points towards a better year ahead for seafarers, but sustained improvement will require meaningful action,” he said.

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