The inability of seafarers to end contracts and return home during the coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on their physical and mental well-being, a new survey reveals.

The “seafarer community is in the midst of a mental health crisis”, claimed the latest Seafarers Happiness Index published by The Mission to Seafarers.

Decline of happiness

The report highlighted a continuing decline of happiness at sea due “to the inability of seafarers to sign off and return home” as a result of the ongoing impact of Covid-19.