In this book, Victor Oyaro Gekara, RMIT University, School of Business IT and Logistics, Faculty Member, and Professor Helen Sampson, Cardiff University’s Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC), analyze contemporary issues relating to the life and work of seafarers, as well as to the modern shipping industry.
ore specifically, the book covers issues that have to do with career decisions and recruitment, gender, life and work on board multinational vessels.
The book also refers to seafarers’ health and safety issues, shipboard roles and role conflict and industry’s regulatory landscape. The authors attempt to present moments of seafarers’ everyday lives onboard, using rich details in order to depict as accurately as possible the difficulties and the bright side of being a seafarer, at the same time.
The collection is based upon observations and interviews of researchers in multiple disciplines. It is woven together to offer a detailed insight into the ways in which a complex global industry operates internationally, by creating an ethnographic mosaic to better analyze the characteristics, and therefore seafarers’ behavior onboard ships.
Global students studying to achieve professional seafaring qualifications, will find that “The World of the Seafarer” will certainly open to them a new door to the seafaring reality. However, students are not the only ones benefiting. Virtually every maritime stakeholder, from welfare professionals to policy makers, will be provided with a fresh look into the maritime industry.
Finally, the book can especially help those who delve into human element issues in the shipping industry and can serve as a perfect example in this area.