Building positive relationships with others is important for our wellbeing. For seafarers working away from home for long periods, it can be difficult to remain in close contact with family and friends, so the opportunity to connect with other seafarers can be a major benefit. However, long working hours, smaller crews, and cultural differences mean there can be barriers to socialising with shipmates.
Aims and objectives
Our Social Interaction (SIM) project aims to help shipping and ship management companies improve seafarers’ social interaction on board, and to positively impact the wellbeing of their seafarers through using programmes with proven success. The project will:
Benefits to shipping and ship management companies
Shipping and ship management companies can make a big difference to the happiness of their seafarers with some relatively straightforward changes. In most cases, this is also likely to contribute to a seafarer’s job satisfaction, motivation and productivity.
Along with the moral motivations for providing opportunities for social activities on board, there are likely to be a number of business benefits:
How can companies participate?
We are approaching companies who prioritise the wellbeing of their seafarers to share information about their efforts to improve crew cohesion on board. As well as the benefits listed above, participating companies will have the opportunity to:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining the pilot project.
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