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Improvement in Seafarer Happiness Index


According to the latest report by the Mission to Seafarers, there is an increase in overall happiness among seafarers.

The Seafarer Happiness Index attributed the improvement to such factors as more financial security, positive crew relationships, better connectivity for communication with families, supportive company policies, and comprehensive training programs.

The overall happiness score rose from 6.36 in the fourth quarter of 2023 to 6.94 out of 10 in the first quarter of 2024. This positive trend contrasts with the decline seen in 2023.

Nonetheless, the report also highlights persistent challenges requiring systemic reforms for seafarer wellbeing, including work-life balance issues stemming from 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.

Andrew Wright, Secretary-General of The Mission to Seafarers, is encouraged over the positive start to 2024, but he 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.

(Dreamstime photo)



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