Seafarer happiness level goes down

The happiness level of seafarers is going down, according to a new study into key welfare issues.

The Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) identifies the level as being 6.25 out of 10, whereas with past surveys in 2015 and 2016 it was 6.45 and 6.41 respectively.

The SHI initiative was relaunched in 2017 under Project Founder Steven Jones with the continuous study aiming to ascertain seafarers’ thoughts and opinions on issue such as shore leave, food, training, social interaction and family contact.

The first edition explains: “Measuring how happy people are about the various elements of their working life gives a picture of the real successes and problems within seafaring. It also provides learning opportunities to improve and develop.”

The Mission to Seafarers says the downward trend raises important discussions as to what can be done to address the decline.

The research data is to be collected on a quarterly basis and the patterns and trends identified will be reported in the subsequent SHI publications.

The full report can be found on the Mission to Seafarers website