According to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by the Mission to Seafarers, crew members on dredgers are the most satisfied in the shipping industry.
The report also found that crew aboard ferries and cruise ships are the least happy. Thousands of correspondents from around the globe completed the survey, although the majority were mainly from the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
Seafarers aged between 16 and 25 were reported to have the highest happiness levels.
The main concerns that were identified by the survey were; delayed payment of wages, decreased shore leave, workload stress caused by having smaller crew, and lack of understanding on the behalf of shore staff regarding seafarer’s welfare issues.
Cases of seafarer abandonment are on the rise, with many crew members expressing concerns following the recent incidents around the globe.
The Mission to Seafarers also stated it received many reports regarding aggression, violence, and bullying against female crew members.
However, overall crew happiness levels are increasing as crew are gaining more access to social media at sea and find it easier to communicate with their families.
Steven Jones, founder of the Seafarers Happiness Index, said, “We would like to thank all of the seafarers who took the time to share their views with us. The feedback is essential in helping us create a more transparent industry, where best practice is lauded and shared, and shortcomings or harmful incidents are flagged and addressed,” he said.