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We partnered with MHG Insurance Brokers to survey seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues specific to the sector.

The survey was designed to:

  • highlight areas of welfare needs among seafarers on superyachts
  • see what is working well under current conditions to meet their welfare needs, and what needs improvement
  • explore how existing seafarers’ welfare structures may meet these needs and where there is scope for new provision

Research results and recommendations

A survey of superyacht crew was conducted in 2018 to investigate welfare issues specific to the sector, backed up by in-depth interviews and diary studies.

Based on responses from 402 crew responding to the 50-question survey, the report finds:

  • 82% had experienced low crew morale ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’
  • 77% of women, and 55% of men, had experienced problems with on-board leadership ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’
  • 67% ‘usually’ or ‘always’ felt rested in port
  • 79% were on permanent contracts
  • 51% were satisfied with their leave entitlement
  • 57% of women and 39% of men suffered from social isolation or loneliness ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’ while working on board.

Yachting offers wonderful opportunities and this side was revealed in the report in quotes including: ‘Yachting delivers beautiful adventures to remote parts of the world…at a fraction of a cost that any other occupation can offer.’ It is also a hard life physically: ‘…you work bloody long hours without a day off in weeks during charters.’ The report covers the very good side of working on superyachts, without shying away from areas where improvements can be made: ‘I know a lot of yachts look after their crew but a lot don’t.’

The recommendations of the report include the following:

  • Raising awareness of what support for wellbeing is out there for seafarers, and widening distribution of welfare materials and information to include yacht crew
  • Improving recruits’ knowledge of what to expect on board before they go to sea
  • Improved support for seafarers who are coming out of the superyacht sector
  • An increase in the availability of rotational posts, which would make a concession to family life
  • Enabling more time for rest and relaxation
Download the full report below

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