Working onboard a ship can be a challenging career at times. Much of it is very routine with every aspect of the job, and the day, being performed in the same place or station, aboard the same ship, for weeks, sometimes months, at a time. This makes seafarer welfare that much more important of a topic of discussion and was the reason behind the “Mission to Seafarers” project.
Mission to Seafarers surveyed 8,000 seafarers globally and asked what their main concerns were about their jobs and life at sea. The study was designed to focus on the key areas of a seafarer’s everyday life which impacted them the most and, surprisingly, safety was not at the top of the list. In fact, seafarer’s welfare proved to be the number one concern throughout a large percentage of both men and women working aboard ships.
5 Key Elements To Seafarer’s Welfare
Seafarer’s welfare is an important factor which can affect not only their health and mental status, but their job performance as well. Experts say that the industry needs to address the 5 key elements to seafarer’s welfare before job satisfaction ratings, which are currently at a 6.25 out of 10, begin to fall any lower.
What are these 5 key elements to seafarer’s welfare and how are they being addressed? Let’s take a closer look:
Seafarers Interaction- interaction aboard a ship is important as it can help build communication and better team building skills. One of the biggest hurdles to interaction on board is the language barrier between many of the crew members.
Connectivity- some ship companies do not provide internet or call access and this was a major factor in crew dissatisfaction. Companies that do provide these typically offer service that is either low quality or too expensive.
Training Onboard- on board training is another factor that had many seafarers, especially the younger ones (under 35), more concerned. They feel that with better on board training, they can gain more qualifications and climb the career ladder much faster.
Food Onboard- while seafarers do receive paid meals on most ships, the diet isn’t typically a healthy one. With a lot of fatty and fried foods, many seafarers are concerned for their health.
Shore Leave- as is the case with any job, days off are important. When you work aboard a ship, your day off is still spent aboard the ship which makes it seem less of a day off. Many are given shore leave which should remedy this issue, but short turnaround times and “uncoordinated” vessel visits by authorities make shore leave almost impossible.
Tax And Payroll Services
Another factor that affects seafarers young and old, male and female, is the lack of reliable services designed around seafarers’ tax and payroll needs. Many companies offer substandard versions of these services through their parent corporations which leave many workers looking for more.
This is where Binks Overseas comes in. Binks Overseas offers a wide range of seafarer-specific services which are designed to make tax preparation, payroll and other financial-related needs easier to manage for self-employed seafarers.
Contact Binks Overseas
To learn more about the importance of seafarer welfare, contact Binks Overseas today and speak with a payroll specialist who can answer any questions you might have about your company’s payroll needs.
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