A new horizon for seafarer wellbeing: our Crew Welfare Self-Assessment Tool

Each person working at sea has the right to safe and secure working conditions. And when there are high standards of crew welfare, ships operate better.  

Crew welfare is critical for numerous reasons. It directly impacts the physical and mental health of individuals, which can have serious consequences for their performance and decision-making. By neglecting crew welfare, morale is dampened, stress is increased and the risk of errors and accidents rises.

Indeed, it is widely believed that around 75% of all maritime liability losses are caused by human error, so a safe and happy crew is not only important for the individual crew members, but also for protecting the bottom line of maritime operators. In recent times, a growing industry focus on ESG and appreciation of the importance of a well-looked after crew for commercial performance has led to increasing awareness within the industry of the need to tackle this issue head on.

Our self-assessment tool

In response we have created our Crew Welfare Self-Assessment Tool, a vital instrument for evaluating and enhancing the wellbeing of mariners. The tool has allowed for a systematic assessment of the varied factors affecting crew welfare – such as working conditions, safety measures and mental health support. Since its launch, maritime organisations have been able to identify areas in need of improvement, implement the necessary changes and – ultimately – keep abreast of the physical and mental health of those responsible for delivering 90% of global trade.

The result? Through this, we have successfully been able to foster a safer, more supportive working environment, and contribute to overall operational efficiency and compliance with international maritime standards. This means that the wellbeing of crew members remains at the forefront of the industry. 

The journey isn’t over

Several other industry bodies have made moves to ensure that crew welfare remains top of the agenda – such as the Mission to Seafarers’ Happy at Sea app – meaning that there is now more digital support for seafarers. From our conversations with customers, the RightShip team has seen firsthand the ambition to get to grips with crew welfare, but this initial progress must only be the beginning.

Earlier this year, we released concerning industry statistics which underline this point. 703 vessels have been reported to have been involved in cases of seafarer abandonment over the last two decades, clearly showing that more must be done.

Transparency. Accountability. Collaboration. 

Transparency and accountability provide us with the means needed to ensure this happens and we are dedicated to facilitating the industry-wide collaboration which will be the key to improving crew welfare worldwide. Take our Crew Welfare Self-Assessment here to review your current operations and identify how you can improve crew welfare and protect bottom lines.

Take the Crew Welfare Self-Assessment here.