SAFETY4SEA Crew Welfare Survey: Addressing Crew Welfare in the COVID-19 era

The COVID-19 has marked a new chapter in the nature of seafarers’ work. This pandemic, which has been challenging for the whole world, has also pushed seafarers to their limits as they are working hard and with extended contracts in order to keep trade flowing. Now, more than ever, seafarers need to be designated as key workers to ensure priority vaccination and access to safe transit and travel and thus, the whole industry has shed its attention to seafarers; happiness, well-being and prosperity or in other words their welfare.

As seafarers play a vital role for a safer and sustainable shipping, the topic of Crew Welfare is now more topical than ever. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce SAFETY4SEA Crew Welfare Survey (including Wellness & Wellbeing elements) as an industry initiative to assess status, provide feedback to all industry stakeholders and identify a roadmap to improve on an organizational and industry level.

The Survey is scheduled to run within Q2 & Q3 of 2021, with preliminary results being released on an ongoing basis and final reports by the end of the year. This will be the 2nd Crew Welfare Survey as we have had a similar initiative conducted within Q4 of 2019 with details available at

With the 2021 survey, we will be building further to the Crew Welfare Index (CWI),  launched in 2019, and assess how welfare issues are perceived and implemented onboard, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is anonymous and will be conducted via an online landing page with questionnaire requiring less than ten minutes to complete by seafarers sailing with the ships and those currently ashore.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This Crew Welfare Survey is FULLY ANONYMOUS and takes 10 minutes to complete.


This is by far the largest survey of its kind with a participation target of 5K ships and 50K seafarers which aims to provide a full picture with structured feedback of COVID-19 impact on the crew.

Have your say and participate in our survey to give rise to welfare issues. Thank you in advance for your co-operation!

Important notice
Full anonymity is ensured throughout the survey. SAFETY4SEA would like to guarantee non disclosure of all data submitted. No names or e-mails are required to submit the survey results. All demographics are being used for analysis & verification purposes.