The sea is an incredibly hostile place to live and work. A life at sea can mean months away from home each year, strained relationships, and missing out on life's key milestones. Further, the daily difficulties of a life at sea are compounded by an ever-present risk of incidents, accidents, or emergencies and the fact that help can be days, if not weeks away.
But a life at sea can also be incredibly rewarding. From the master and chief engineer all the way down through the ranks, seafaring is a highly skilled profession. It provides unrivaled opportunities to travel, earn a good wage, forge friendships that last a lifetime, and take great satisfaction from the important contribution made to wider society.
Welfare 2.0 explores the major contributors to seafarer welfare including safety, health, and professional development, and the role that technology can play in improving each of them.