Q2 2022 – A New Hope

The Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) is the shipping industry’s ongoing barometer of the key issues facing those at sea today. Seafarers are asked 10 key questions every Quarter, sharing their views about specific issues affecting their life and work.

Q2 2022 – A New Hope: Rising Happiness Levels
This quarter has revealed a welcome rise in optimism with a significant increase in the overall rating of 7.21/10, up from 5.85 in the previous quarter.

Whilst what we are seeing might not be the end of COVID issues, it is perhaps the beginning of the end. People are moving more freely and there is a positive focus within the industry on finding solutions to many of the frustrations which have been aggravating
seafarers for many years.

Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), and the prospect of universal connectivity, has given rise to optimism and timely crew changes have had a massive impact on positivity. When seafarers know how long they will be on board and that they will be home on time, they can deal with the challenges faced at sea with a far better resolve and disposition. A rising tide in solutions has finally begun to lift morale and the mindset on board.

However, whilst the data does suggest that we are seeing improvements, there is no room for complacency. We are still hearing negatives; seafarers continue to share many experiences which are at times frustrating, and at others hugely detrimental to
mental health.

This Quarter 2 2022 report paints a picture of some important positive progress and will allow the industry a collective wiping of the brow but it is not mission accomplished and there is still much to be done.

Seafarers Happiness Index Q2 2022

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