Manpower Report: Most Seafarers Content at Sea

Most Seafarers Content at Sea

A majority of seafarers are content with life at sea, according to preliminary results of a new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015.

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

Some of the other preliminary findings include:

  • ‘Happy ships,’ timely wage payments and career promotion opportunities were the most popular responses indicated when seafarers were asked about the important factors that influenced their decisions to stay with their current employers;
  • 66% of the seafarers that responded estimated that it would take them less than three months to secure another job in the industry if they chose to leave their current company; and
  • Basic pay and internet access were the most popular responses provided as improvements in conditions at sea when asked about changes within the past two years.

One of the trends that resonated in the responses was the importance and value of the training and skills that come with being a maritime professional: “Life at sea is exciting, challenging and very educational. The skills that anyone can receive from this job cannot be compared to anything else ashore,” said one of the respondents.

The survey also points towards the impact that increased regulation of the industry has had on the seafaring profession. One seafarer responded: “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!”

Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs at ICS, said: ”We have just launched a second of the new series of surveys, targeting lecturers at maritime education and training institutions. We look forward to gathering information and views from those at the forefront of maritime training which will be used to enrich the 2015 Manpower Report.”

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