The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed that crews on dredgers are the most satisfied in the industry, while seafarers aboard cruise ships and ferries are the least content.
The survey was completed by thousands of respondents from all around the world – but mainly from the Indian subcontinent, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Happiness levels were highest amongst the youngest seafarers – aged 16-25.
Key concerns to come up in the survey included delayed payments of wages, decreased shore leave, work load stress caused by having smaller crews, and a lack of understanding from shore staff regarding seafarer welfare issues.
Concerns about seafarer abandonment are also continuing to grow, with many seafarers expressing a sense of vulnerability following numerous recent incidents around the world.
The Mission says it also received a number of troubling reports of aggression, violence and bullying against female seafarers.
However, overall seafarer happiness levels are on the rise, thanks mainly to crew finding it easier to communicate with their families via social media whilst at sea.
“We would like to thank all of the seafarers who took the time to share their views with us,” says Steven Jones, founder of the Seafarers Happiness Index.
“This feedback is essential in helping us create a more transparent industry, where best practice is lauded and shared, and any shortcomings or harmful incidents are flagged up and addressed.
“We are already starting to see tangible results across the industry, as evidenced by the growing number of shipping companies expressing an interest in running their own version of the Happiness Index.
“However, we urgently need more data and are keen to hear more stories from more seafarers.
“To support this, we are building new online applications to process the data – and working hard to communicate the results of each survey on a global scale.”