A Good Working life at Sea

The Good Working Life at Sea questionnaire survey is all about your life at sea. How do you think things are going?  What should the colleagues, the leadership, Seahealth Denmark, shipping companies and organizations do more? What are myths and what are facts?


We have received more than 1500 completed questionnaires, and we would like to express our appreciation of the huge support to this survey. The survey is now closed, and has moved on to the next fase where all the gathered information is to be analyzed. We expect to be able to present the results on this side of the summer 2009.

What is the survey all about?

Seahealth Denmark, ship-owners and organisations would like to do things better but to be able to do so, we first need to know more about how seamen think things are going. We shall be making use of your responses. Initially the main results will be presented in a report that will also be discussed at MSSM 2009, our conference scheduled for 27 - 28 August 2009. You will also be seeing the results aboard your ship via SøSikker for example. Results will then form part of the process of setting occupational health and well-being priorities for the coming years. It is vital that we do some of the right things. You can help make sure we do.

Survey background and objectives

What we learn from the survey will give us at Seahealth Denmark and shipowners and organisations a solid basis for setting future strategies and activities for promoting well-being, safety and efficiency aboard the Danish merchant fleet. In a time of manpower shortages, the survey could also give valuable indications for the process of recruitment and retention. The survey is based among other things on experience of similar surveys ashore which revealed a tendency for good mental working environments to lead to fewer conflicts and greater efficiency and job satisfaction. Since a good sense of well-being has a considerable impact on the safety culture, the mental working environment plays an essential part for the sector. In other words, there are really good grounds for working towards a good working life at sea.

The wide ranging questionnaire survey is being done at sector level and is the first of its kind in the shipping inductry. It includes all groups of personnel and nationalities. The mental working environment has been in focus ashore for a long while now and this survey will make it possible to show that it is also possible to focus on this area at sea. The fact that Danish vessels and shipowners place welfare and the mental working environment so high up on the agenda is also an indication of the value of employee well-being and the vision of making life at sea even more attractive.

The responses of those taking part in the survey are guaranteed full anonymity and Seahealth Denmark has been emphasizing the high quality of the design of the survey. So we have been working with professional researchers to ensure compliance with all ethical principles.

A steering group with representatives of shipowners and seamen's organisations has been set up to oversee the project, and they have shown great involvement and support.
The survey is also being supported by Orients Fond on behalf of Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S.

Information to the media

All seamen in the Danish merchant fleet are invited to take part in the survey and to have their say on their experiences and points of view. So it is important for as many as possible to get the message. Feel free to call Seahealth Denmark on T: (+45) 3311 1833 for further details, or e-mail us at info@seahealth.dk. We should be pleased to send out a press pack and to provide articles, assist in interviews or refer to each relevant key personnel.

Chief psychologist
Søren Diederichsen
+45 3311 1833
+45 2785 7335

I can help you with

  • Crisis counseling
  • Employee retention
  • Reduction of sickness absence
  • Raising motivation and efficiency
  • Raising safety behavior
  • Co-operation between ship and office
  • Supervisor coaching and training
  • Organizational development
  • Mapping of well-being
  • Stress handling
  • Customized training