Seafarers and Their Training Needs

Maritime training is a key issue for seafarers, it affects their safety, careers and even the perceptions of their profession. However, there are many different concerns which were voiced in the Seafarers Happiness Index.

Training is an emotive issue for seafarers, and there were many responses which were passionate about what is good, bad, and which is simply not delivering.


Across a range of Index results, there have often been very clear and distinct groups when it comes to maritime training. There are very different expectations too. There are those seafarers who want to learn, even more, they crave information and a chance to progress. While there are others who feel that too much training is an imposition – this is especially true of crews who face demands of refresher training.

For the less positive seafarers, there was often a sense of resentment at the time training consumes, especially when it eats into their leave. While others had real concerns about the costs that they can face.

Seafarers appreciate the need to train, they accept that there are baseline common standards to achieve – but it seems they want more than that. They want to have their skills boosted and knowledge pumped up over and above the lowest common denominator levels. A number of responses felt that maritime training was not adequately preparing them for the future.


Seafarers are eager to position themselves to be the seafarers of tomorrow, with the technical skills that new kinds of vessel may need. There is also a desire to feel more aligned with soft skills, as seafarers want to be able to lead, manage, and to be better able to operate in a digital marine age.

#28Days #Seafarers #Shipping Also check out the Mission to Seafarers website to learn more that the charity does to address many of the issues raised across these challenges facing shipping.

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