n particular, many seafarers believe that companies do not budget sufficient funds to establish a proper gym or sports equipment. While some seafarers find the facilities provided to be generally good, they note that these spaces can become small and cramped when accommodating three or more people.
Seafarers highlighted the challenges they face in maintaining fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Where there are gyms and good access to sports and leisure,
seafarers indicate satisfaction with their body condition, saying they do not experience weight gain, while conversely, those who do not have such access report a range of health concerns.
There were also calls for a more balanced approach when it comes to budgeting. One seafarer commented that too much of the welfare budget was being directed towards entertainment such as karaoke and PlayStation consoles rather than the provision of adequate gym facilities. It seems a more holistic approach and dialogue with crew is necessary to better understand their needs and wants.
Insufficient or improper nutrition and limited time for exercising are reported as major obstacles. As one respondent put it, “The gym is here, but there is no time for that”. There were also complaints that senior officers had made negative comments about those who were deemed to use the facilities “too often”, whatever that may be.
The feedback from seafarers emphasises the need for companies to allocate adequate funds for establishing proper gym facilities on board. While recreational
activities, such as gaming, are important for the wellbeing of seafarers, it is crucial to strike a balance and prioritise the provision of suitable exercise equipment
and space. By doing so, seafarers would have the means to maintain their physical fitness and promote their overall health and wellbeing during their time at sea.
Companies neglect proper gym facilities, allocating insufficient funds while prioritising entertainment options like karaoke and gaming, using up to 90% of the welfare budget. A balance is needed between the two.
..a seafarer said.