Keeping in mind that the life oboard a vessel has challenges mentally and emotionally, as the crew stays away from home for a long time.
Therefore, the company announced that they will celebrate seafarers throughout the year, referring to ways that can improve their mental and physical wellbeing onboard.
In essence, to improve seafarers' life onboard the company will provide
- A variety of mental health and wellbeing training solutions for seafarers, with flexible delivery, equipping crew with the skills they need to handle stress and anxiety and proactively manage their mental health.
- Insurance services which provide senior crew members with onshore health cover which extends to spouse and dependents.
- Healthy on board meals for seafarers, plus fitness and nutrition advice, encouraging crew to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on board.
- Responsive travel solutions, ensuring that crew travel arrangements take into account rest time, avoiding exhaustion and unnecessary stress.
- Internet connection for seafarers while on board, so they can stay connected to friends and family. 92% of seafarers rank the importance of internet connection on board above pay.
Furthermore, Matt Dunlop, Group HSEQ Director at V.Group, explains that placing wellbeing as a priority means that the crew will be at the best position to conduct their duties, helping the company focus on improving their model to deliver better results for customers.
We believe that when you nurture and improve the wellbeing of seafarers, you lower the rate of accidents, you improve seafarer retention, and you increase the overall performance of the vessel ... Actively contributing to seafarer health and wellbeing is a win-win situation for our seafarers, for our customers, and for V.Group
... concluded Mr Dunlop.