The maritime community is addressing the issues relating to the conditions of seafarers and is now seeking to improve the quality of, and issues surrounding, their workload.

The World Maritime University (WMU) has recently announced that it will be requesting all seafarers who have been working on any commercial ship within the last 25 years to take part in a survey in order to assess their work and rest balance, with a view to “improving their welfare and happiness overall”.

All responses to the WMU survey will remain strictly confidential. The deadline for participation is 31 December.

In recent years, we have seen a shift in the protection of workers’ rights and their welfare on land, yet we have not seen any reflection in this shift for workers’ rights at sea. The rights of seafarers have often been restricted and in many cases denied entirely.

This article proposes a glimmer of hope for a promised change. We can see a focus being drawn to the welfare of our seafarers and the chance for improvements to be made to their quality of life overall.