Seafarer wellbeing survey to shape future MCA guidance

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Nautilus members have been urged to take part in a joint survey by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and its official publisher, The Stationary Office (TSO). The results will be used to develop more comprehensive guidance for seafarers and companies to improve wellbeing onboard ships.

As well as vessel type, and crew size, respondents are asked to describe their typical watch keeping patterns, diet onboard, exercise regimes, and any experiences of bullying or harassment, depression, discrimination, fatigue and other stressful experiences. The survey also seeks details about the amount of sleep and rest onboard, relationships with peers, and about who to go to for support with any of the issues raised in the survey.

The survey, which closes 31 March, is intended for those working predominantly at sea and should take no longer than 10 minutes to answer. If you are shore-based and have feedback on seafarer wellbeing, the MCA and TSO would still like to hear from you, so please send any comments to

The survey urges seafarers concerned about any particular issues to seek help and guidance from various seafarer helplines, and includes contact information for Seafarer Help, Seafarer Support and ITF Seafarers. Nautilus also has a 24-hour helpline for members needing urgent assistance, and members should also approach their organisers for support.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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