The latest review reveals that average seafarer happiness levels in the last quarter of 2022 reached 7.69/10, up from 7.3 with levels rising across almost all categories.
The survey was undertaken with the support of the Standard Club and Idwal.
The Mission to Seafarers noted that the numbers are reflecting the sustained upward trend seen throughout the year. Indeed, even the historically most problematic areas seem to be recovering, according to the survey, such as beach permits and access to welfare on land.
Crew members continued to express their relief at the return of freedom of movement, as well as their increased sense of certainty and stability. On the other hand, the only area in which there was a decline in satisfaction was connectivity. Quality and cost are still concerns and there is a growing demand for free or inexpensive access as enjoyed by colleagues ashore.
"There are still complex issues that need to be addressed such as abandonment, non-payment or delayed payment of wages, and arbitrary decisions about immigration. We will continue to work closely with shipping companies and managers ashore to shape positive change and to hear more stories and experiences from seafarers through our surveys," commented Ben Bailey, director of programme at The Mission to Seafarers.
It is also noteworthy to mention that a significant number of seafarers appeared to have switched employers or trading patterns to be closer to home in case of travel restrictions.
In addition, there was a growing number of responses from seafarers from non-traditional maritime labour markets, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.