in regulations has been one of the three main factors impacting the seafarers’
happiness level in the fourth quarter of 2019, just months before the IMO 2020
sulphur cap entered into force.
experiencing mounting pressure surrounding inspections and audits to confirm
vessels’ compliance, in addition to the demands of ‘day to day’ administration
and paperwork, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The
Mission to Seafarers, revealed.
“shipping is tricking itself if it thinks being safe on paper makes it safer on
that are meant to raise standards are seemingly compromised if they are making
seafarers more stressed.
dropped to 6.13/10 in the fourth quarter of 2019 down from 6.59 reported in the
previous quarter, the report shows. The data comes from over 2000 respondents, with
surveys completed in the final quarter of 2019.
large-scale respondents were crews on board container ships, on average they
sat at 6.23/10, followed closely by tankers at 6.03, while bulk carriers
experienced a drop down to 5.65.
feeling happier this time around. Their numbers rose to 7/10, up from 5.3 in Q2
and 6.3 in Q3.
be fairly happy at 7.57, and rather surprisingly those serving on offshore
vessels have seen a rise too, up to 7.36, the report shows.
that again the spread of genders in the responses was woeful.
male, and it shows that we need to find ways of better engaging with female
seafarers. Across past reports we have tended to see the female responses
higher than their male counterparts. Alas, this time round that trend
faltered,” the report said.
levels to be 5.85/10, while males were at 6.20. The seafarers who preferred not
to disclose their gender were at 5.14, which again is far lower than we have
key issues emerged from the survey responses over the three-month period:
workload stress caused by changes in regulations; a drop in satisfaction with
access to welfare facilities ashore; and an increase in racism experienced
while at sea.
show that seafarers are not being able to reap the benefits of welfare
facilities ashore, which in turn hugely impacts their well-being.
industry-wide drive to ensure correct visas are acquired so that seafarers are
able to enjoy the benefits of shore-based welfare facilities whilst in ports
and terminals,” the report highlighted.
happiness concerning interaction with other crew this quarter – coming in at
6.67/10, down from 7.28.
troubling accounts of racism raised, with concerning reports that victims do
not feel they have anywhere to formally complain or ask for support.
industry has a responsibility to recognize these concerns and respond to the
calls for an independent complaint line or procedure to support seafarers.
based on the seafarer statements received, it seems that there is a growing
problem of racism at sea. Not only was it an issue for a number of seafarers
who anonymously shared their experiences with us, but the problem was
compounded by the fact that not only had they been subjected to racism, they
said they felt powerless in dealing with it,” the report reads.
in the system to report those who bullied, abused or attacked them. This is in
keeping with the issue of sexism we have heard about in earlier reports.
Company procedures, it seems, may be failing those who are most vulnerable
while supporting those who cause problems for those they work with.”
happiness with their ability to keep in contact with loved ones when at sea
rose this quarter. The report data demonstrate that crews who have good
quality, low-cost access to the internet and good communication with their
families are far happier than those who do not.
Seafarers, in 2020, a maritime solutions company, Wallem Group, will be
partnering with The Mission alongside the Shipowners’ Club to support this
get a proper sample of actual seafarers’ views on life at sea and what can be
improved. Hopefully, we can then use this to improve the lives of all
seafarers,” Frank Coles, Chief Executive Officer, Wallem Group, commented.