Majority of seafarers ‘content at sea’, says BIMCO and ICS

Preliminary results from a report by BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has found that the majority of seafarers are content with life at sea
Majority of seafarers ‘content at sea’, says BIMCO and ICS

A survey currently being carried out by BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping us finding that the majority of seafarers are content with life at sea. 

The BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 surveys seafarers to understand their views on life at sea and the outlook for industry manpower.

So far, more than 500 seafarers have responded to the survey, representing over 40 nationalities. In addition to finding that the majority of seafarers are content with life at sea, the report has found that timely wage payments and career promotion opportunities were considered the most important factors influencing people’s decision to stay with their current employers. Internet access and basic pay were cited as the biggest factors improving the conditions at sea within the last two years.

On the job search front, 66 percent of seafarers have responded estimating that it would take them less than three months to find another role in the industry if they chose to leave their current position.

The survey also points towards the impact that increased regulation of the industry has had on the seafaring profession. One seafarer responded: "This is a great career, but an increasingly technical and administrative one so it is no longer as much an adventure as simply a job, albeit one with the possibility of adventure!"

Reviewing some of the preliminary results, Aron Sørensen, Chief Marine Technical Officer at BIMCO, said: “This survey has provided us with insight into the views of seafarers today. Understanding the key issues for seafarers is especially valuable when attracting and recruiting talented young people to the shipping industry.”

The BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report has been published every five years since 1990.  


by Laura Stackhouse Editor

Laura Stackhouse is the Web Editor of, an official publication of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). To discuss news, features or contributing to please get in touch.

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