Internet access improves seafarers’ mental health – survey

The provision of internet access to seafarers for personal use may have improved their mental health and well-being, according to a recent survey undertaken by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA).

82% of organisations who responded provide internet access to seafarers for personal use. And despite industry concerns that internet access could negatively impact upon seafarers obtaining adequate rest and sleep during periods available for rest, 85% of these companies reported that this had been unaffected or improved. Similarly, whilst there have also been concerns expressed as to whether internet access could negatively or positively impact upon the work performance of seafarers, 96% of companies reported that this had not deteriorated.

The survey received responses from 276 operators with 11 665 ships, representing 14% of the world fleet, with a profile of respondents closely reflecting that of the world fleet.

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