Crewtoo, an online network for seafarers, has asked its 110,000 seafarer members how happy they are about life at sea. The respondents range from age 16-66, and come from over 50 countries, including the Philippines, UK, Poland, Croatia, Germany, USA, Canada, India, Africa, and Turkey. One quarter of those surveyed work on bulk carriers and container ships, and 11% are captains.
The results of the first Seafarers Happiness Index, published in April 2015, show that issues such as isolation, loneliness, and a lack of connectivity strike at the hearts of seafarers and need to be managed so crews remain committed and engaged. Increasingly seafarers not only want Internet access, they demand it. Wi-Fi, it was stated, makes life at sea “easier”. Other findings relate to the quality of nutrition, fitness facilities, training and work-life balance.
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