From the Safety at Sea website:

Crew happiness is on the decline, with respondents to the latest Seafarer Happiness Index (SHI) stating that they feel isolated, overworked, and underappreciated.

Conducted by the Mission to Seafarers across websites and social media, the quarterly index uses responses to 10 standard questions to assess how seafarers feel about the current conditions of their work. About 2,000 seafarers responded in the first quarter of 2019.

The report noted that general happiness has decreased from 6.72 to 6.03 in 2018, with seafarers citing a lack of government support for the industry and other workplace factors such as isolation, high workloads, and a lack of appreciation for their efforts.    <Read full article here>