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The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is partnering with South Florida-based MHG Insurance Brokers to launch a survey of seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues specific to the sector.

Questions will be asked on food, cabins and communications, as well as the health and well being of the men and women working on board.

The survey has been 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 see what needs improvement
  • explore how existing seafarers’ welfare structures may meet these needs and where there is scope for new provision

A recent survey commissioned by Yachting Pages Media Group found that 75 percent of crew surveyed said that the industry is not doing enough to tackle mental health problems and look after the overall well being of crew.

“Maritime welfare organizations are used to dealing with seafarers on cargo and cruise ships,” said Roger Harris, executive director of ISWAN. “The number of seafarers in the yacht sector has grown to around 35,000, and we need to know more about the challenges that are specific to the superyacht sector. As seafarers on superyachts are covered by the provisions of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, their welfare needs – at sea and ashore – should be better known and provided for.”

Andrew Dudzinski, CEO of MHG Insurance Brokers, explained his company’s support of this initiative.

“The welfare of all crew, but especially those who are insured with MHG, is a primary concern for us,” he said. “The mental and physical health and well being of these seafarers is not just a professional interest. We want to know better what makes them tick and how their time at sea can be improved.”

Andrew Wright, secretary general of the Mission to Seafarers, which is assisting with the distribution of the survey, said, “Yacht crew do an amazing job, catering to a small but very influential clientele, providing a phenomenal level of professionalism and service. For most crew this is a satisfying and wonderful job, but we need to see where improvements can be made.”

Superyacht crew can take the survey here. The results will be published in a report on the ISWAN website in December. ISWAN is an international charity dedicated to the relief of need, hardship or distress amongst seafarers of all nationalities, races, colour and creeds irrespective of gender.

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