Seafarers Happiness Index

What is The Seafarers Happiness Index?

The Mission to Seafarers launched the Seafarers Happiness Index in 2015 as a way to gauge the thoughts and feelings that seafarers have about their lives at sea.

Our aim is to get the opinion of the overall seafaring community to help us understand the good and bad aspects of this challenging career path to help us build a case for change in the industry.

We publish a snapshot this report quarterly so that we maintain a regular watching brief to help us communicate the aspects of the role which are improving as well as any that are worsening..


Where Can I See Seafarers Happiness Index Reports?

We have launched a separate website called Happy at Sea through which we regularly publish worldwide seafarer’s’ statistics reflecting the findings of the latest Seafarers Happiness Index.

It provides us with the opportunity to regularly let the shipping industry know about any changes which need to be made so as to ensure the happiness of seafarers in their everyday lives at sea.

This is a global survey, aiming to reflect the views of seafarers from all nationalities and cultures across the world.


How is the Survey Conducted?

Data for the Seafarers Happiness Index is collected via a 10 question survey.

The questions asked aims to collect the thoughts and feelings of seafarers on their lives at sea, focusing on a range of different issues.

Areas that we cover include mental health, physical wellbeing, general working life and also family contact. We can then analyse these results of quarterly to compare how things have changed over this period.

This allows us to highlight any particular areas of seafarers’ lives that have worsened. It also provides an insight to the industry what changes appear to have had a positive impact on the lives of seafarers globally as well as regionally.


Where Can I Complete the Survey?

If you are one of the 1.5 million, hard working men or women at sea, then please feel free to complete our survey and let the industry know how you feel about the working conditions you experience on an everyday basis.

Data collected will remain completely anonymous, but please be advised that we will require some details from you regarding you age, gender, nationality and vessel type in order for us to gain some context as to how different groups are feeling.

The Seafarers Happiness index is quick to complete. Each question requires a score out of 10, as well affording you the opportunity to contribute some commentary if you would like to mention a specific aspect of your role.

We just want to help reflect the general mood of seafarers so that we can work together to bring positive changes in the industry which will make your working lives better.

You can take the survey by clicking here. Please note that this will take you to our separate Happy at Sea website.

If you need help in any way please contact crewhelp@mtsmail.org or use our Chat to a Chaplain service in the right corner of the screen.


Corporate Support

It is vital that we gain the support of companies in the shipping industry so that we can get the support we need in order to encourage change and improve the working lives of seafarers across the globe.

Our reach is vast, spanning 200 ports in 50 different countries. This has made us an attractive partner for a wide range of businesses; even those outside of the shipping industry who are keen to associate themselves with a charity organisation which is looking to effect change for so many. This includes organisations ranging from SME’s to FTSE 100 companies.

We offer companies the opportunity to not only help us improve lives, but also vital networking opportunities with our regular fundraising events including The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in London, our Seafarers Awards Dinner in Singapore and our Global Sea Sunday. Please click here for our Events and here for our Corporate Partnerships.

The range of opportunities which are available to companies is vast; we are keen to welcome like minded companies who can help us improve the working lives of seafarers, who risk their lives every day to help keep our global economy afloat.

If you would like some more information about corporate partnership opportunities, please get in contact with Maurizio Borgatti on 0207 246 2980 or by email on Maurizio.Borgatti@missiontoseafarers.org.

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