Help with seafarer outlook and welfare still needs attention
The first quarter of 2023 saw a decline in seafarer happiness, according to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) published by the Anglican Mission to Seafarers.
The study captured sentiments across a broad range of welfare issues and revealed a dip in overall happiness from 7.69 to 7.1 out of 10 compared to Q4 2022.
The survey found that seafarers’ satisfaction levels fell in nine out of 10 surveyed areas. Key concerns included shore leave access, sign-on and sign-off procedures, inadequate food provisions, bureaucratic paperwork, ineffective leadership, and social isolation.
Furthermore, disparities in health and well-being, dental care, mental health support and career advancement opportunities were also reported.
Despite the decline, seafarers acknowledged the importance of positive onboard interactions for their wellbeing and job satisfaction. However, a lack of entertainment options and shared spaces onboard ships has hindered their ability to engage in social activities.
Rev Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of the Mission to Seafarers, said the decline in the satisfaction of seafarers following steady improvements throughout 2022 illustrates the importance of maintaining momentum on seafarer welfare and addressing challenges collaboratively.