With 90% of the world's trade conducted by ship, the well-being of the 1.5 million seafarers is critical. As seafarers make significant sacrifices for their job, the Seafarers Happiness Index wants to share their stories.


This survey provides seafarers the change to tell the industry what they think of working on ships is like; the good and the bad.

The survey will share the results with the industry, so they know what they are doing well and what needs to be improved.

The survey contains 10 questions from issues ranging from wages, food and shore leave, to how seafarers feel mentally and physically, with seafarers giving a score out of ten for each.

The survey is anonymous.

Responding to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index, seafarers have called for ship owners, operators and managers to have designated human resource management in place to address concerns and to reflect the growing appreciation and importance of seafarer mental health and wellbeing onboard.

This comes as the second quarterly report of 2018 sees seafarers experience an increase in happiness in relation to physical health opportunities and welfare facilities onboard, the Mission to Seafarers informed.

These figures represent a growing trend of the importance placed on the welfare of seafarers at sea, with seafarers requesting that ship owners and managers invest in a dedicated seafarer liaison officer, who would be responsible for ensuring seafarers’ welfare whilst at sea and at port.