March 20 is the International Day of
Happiness and The Seafarers Happiness Index showed a decline in the happiness
of the seafarers compared with the last survey in 2016 by social network
Inevitable isolation and poor working
practices are the major villains of the decline in seafarersí happiness. The
Mission to Seafarers, an institutional member of Maritime London, urged the
international shipping to take happiness of the seafarers seriously. A happy
seafarer is an efficient seafarer who in turn ensures growth in the industry.
Steven Jones, founder of the Seafarers
Happiness Index commented: "We often see discussions around the
recruitment, retention, training and provision for seafarers in the shipping
industry. However, these conversations are too often based on assumption and
anecdote rather than real data. By re-launching the Seafarers Happiness Index
we are working to provide reliable information so that the industry can build a
sustainable workforce for the future of the industry."