While the voting procedure for the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Ben Bailey, Director of Advocacy, The Mission to Seafarers, talks about ‘Seafarers’ Happiness Index’ project for which the organization has been shortlisted in the ‘Initiative’ category alongside a number of other distinguished nominees.
Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers has published the latest of its ongoing Seafarer Happiness Index reports, revealing a growing link between onboard connectivity and seafarer happiness levels. Overall Seafarers’ Happiness Index figures have shown a rise, and while it is obviously early days, it is positive to see growth across various key issues.
The Seafarers Happiness Index 2017 Q4 presented thought-provoking statistics regarding seafarers welfare, establishing a downward trend which raised important discussions as to what can be done to address this decline.
The Mission to Seafarers, in cooperation with the project founder Steven Jones, have released the first edition of the Seafarers Happiness Index, which was relaunched in 2017. The SHI initiative aims to discover seafarers’ thoughts and opinions on important welfare issues such as shore leave, wages, food, training, social interaction and family contact.
The six British maritime security guards of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, known as the ‘Chennai 6’, have won their appeal against false weapons licence charges in the India Appeal Court, on Monday.
International seafarer welfare charity, the Mission to Seafarers, announced its relaunch of the Seafarer Happiness Index in order to deliver key insights in to how to attract and maintain the seafarer workforce of tomorrow, supporting a sustainable future for the global maritime industry.
In order to enhance merchant shipping in UK, the Port of Tyne has introduced a new fund, to help seafarers who are in need of welfare support while visiting the port. The welfare fund is expected to further enable visits to ships, legal support, translation and communication support, counselling, transport and emergency care.
The Mission to Seafarers said that it has set out to tackle the challenge of inadequate connectivity for seafarers. Seafarers can be on vessels for months at a time, while at home the world keeps turning without them. Spending such long periods away from loved ones can lead to isolation, loneliness and depression.
Despite MLC guarantees seafarers the right to decent work conditions, accommodation, food, and medical care, amongst other standards, seafarers can be vulnerable to exploitation and abuse when working in isolated conditions, Mission to Seafarers said.
Nor-Shipping says that the registrations for this year’s 5km charity fun run will be kept open up to May 25th. The run will take place on Monday 29th May aiming to raise £100,000 for the Mission to Seafarers, which is a global welfare charity offering emergency assistance and practical support to seafarers and also the partner charity for Nor-Shipping 2017.
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