Most seafarers are content with life at sea, says new survey

13 April 2015 (Last Updated April 13th, 2015 18:30)

Preliminary results of a new survey to understand seafarers' opinion of life at sea has revealed that the majority are content.

Preliminary results of a new survey to understand seafarers’ opinion of life at sea has revealed that the majority are content.

The survey is being conducted as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report, which has been published every five years since 1990.

It is the first of the targeted surveys for this year’s report and more than 500 seafarers have already responded to the survey, representing more than 40 nationalities.

BIMCO chief marine technical officer Aron Sørensen said: "This survey has provided us with insight into the views of seafarers today.

"Understanding the key issues for seafarers is especially valuable when attracting and recruiting talented young people to the shipping industry."

"Understanding the key issues for seafarers is especially valuable when attracting and recruiting talented young people to the shipping industry."

The report has also found that the timely wage payments and career promotion opportunities were key factors influencing workers’ decisions to stay with their current employers.

According to 66% of the respondents, it would take them less than three months to secure another job in the industry.

One seafarer said: "This is a great career, but an increasingly technical and administrative one so it is no longer as much an adventure as simply a job, albeit one with the possibility of adventure."

The BIMCO/ICS report is based on two main quantitative data sources that forms an estimation of the current seafarer supply and demand situation.

It includes a questionnaire completed by shipping companies and a questionnaire completed by national maritime administrations.