Seafarers Wanting a Little R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Seafarers are increasingly concerned about what they see as a lack of respect for their profession and often to themselves.

Time and time again, responses to the Seafarers Happiness Index featured comments about a lack of respect from a whole host of different parties. Some felt their families and friends back home no longer really understood what it was to be a seafarer, and that they did not really know what they experienced at sea.


Others spoke of a lack of respect shown to them professionally, and they were increasingly vexed and disappointed by the attitudes of shore workers. Whether that is staff in their own offices, sending emails and calls with demands for information, or even from people visiting ships when in port.

Many seafarers expressed increasing concerns about the lack of decency, respect and civility displayed to them by the likes of port officials, and even surveyors, auditors and investigators.


Those singled out for particular criticism were often security or law enforcement officials visiting vessels. Seafarers claimed that often these are rude, insulting and extremely heavy handed when going about their duties.

The net effect is a sense amongst crews that their profession is no longer held in the esteem it once was, and indeed as it should be.

Special thanks and praise was saved for charity and seafarer welfare representatives, from the Mission and others. Seafarers said they felt relaxed around welfare visitors or when they visited centres ashore, and that they felt understood and the unique challenges they faced were recognised and understood.

#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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