Welfare 2.0

How can the next generation of technology enable better crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea?

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.


Safety, incident prevention, and emergency response

For the most part, when it comes to safety we place our trust in knowledge and experience. But research shows that it is experienced seafarers who are most likely to fall victim of a serious accident on board a ship.


Mental, social and physical wellbeing

Ensuring the safety of seafarers extends well beyond incidents, accidents, and emergency response.

A more holistic approach to the overall wellbeing of those at sea must include their mental, social, and physical wellbeing.


Training and professional development

The seafaring profession takes years to learn and a lifetime to master. Maintaining an ever-growing portfolio of certificates and qualifications is not just challenging for individual seafarers, but also for the companies that employ them.

Driven by a desire to improve education and training across the industry, but accelerated by lockdown measures, several companies are exploring how technology can be used to train and educate seafarers remotely


The evolving welfare technology market

The huge scale of the wellness economy has created a huge opportunity for wellness related technology startups.

However, there are only a handful of technology providers focused exclusively on building technologies to support crew welfare and wellbeing, and there is evidence that those that do, struggle to take off.

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