Seafarer happiness rises from lowest ebb
The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published on August 1 by the Mission to Seafarers, reveals that seafarer happiness levels are recovering, after reaching a record low last quarter. Overall happiness has increased from 5.85 to 7.21 out of 10, with levels rising across all categories.
The survey, undertaken with the support of the Standard Club and Idwal, reports on Q2 2022 and shows that the influx of industry solutions to tackle seafarer wellbeing has finally begun to lift morale and the mindset onboard. The mood has improved with more vaccinations, more frequent crew changes, wage rises and new amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).
The survey highlighted that seafarers are happier with their shore leave and with welfare facilities when they are ashore. Now that Covid-19 restrictions are easing, more Seafarer Centres are open and able to support seafarers with the provisions they need when ashore. The biggest contributing factor to an improvement of mood has been that the most fundamental aspect of seafaring now appears more certain – knowing when you are going home.
The Q2 data also reflects that the industry is getting better at making crew changes more regularly, with 41 percent of seafarers onboard for between just one to three months.
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