Encouraging a sustainable
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We are proud to have taken home the Newcomer of the Year award from CrewConnect Global 2019. WellAtSea continues to motivate crew across the world on how to enhance their physical and mental well-being. We are happy to grow and share our work with the rest of the community.

WellAtSea is a proud finalist to receive Safety4Sea’s Crew Welfare Service Provider Award 2022. In the last 18 months, we launched a H.O.P.E. (Helping Other Practice Empathy) campaign which encouraged nine (9) sets of mental health initiatives, and released over 7100 rewards, 136 activities, sessions, learning courses, physical exercise routines, and challenges were cumulatively released across all fleets.

Additionally, 10 podcast episodes were developed to bring relevant conversations to the seafarers with groups like IMEC, the Mission to Seafarers, ISWAN, and the Sailor’s Society, on topics such as:

  1. Enhancing Your Career
  2. Men and Mental Health
  3. Financial Well-being
  4. Manifesting Anxiety and Seeking Help
  5. Social well-being

These, among our other achievements and the continuous innovation of our products and evidence-based solutions has led us to this nomination.

With the holistically improved well-being of the seafarers in the program, our clients have seen over 600,000.00 USD in savings on crew members’ medical expenses [1] and Crew Retention Rate of up to 97% [2] in 2021.

[1] Data published is based on one company with 67 vessels

[2] Data published is based on one company with 92 vessels

The Problem

Costs for Illness, Medical Repatriation and Death of a Seafarer can range anywhere from 25,000 – 105,000 Euros.

Medical Repatriation

1.7% of all deployments end with a medical repatriation

Faurby, M., Jensen, O., Hjarnoe, L., & Despena, A. (2017). The costs of repatriating an ill seafarer: a micro-costing approach. Health Economics Review, 7(46).

Mental Health

25% of seafarers completing a Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) show scores suggesting depression, with 17% presenting symptoms of anxiety on the Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale.

Lefkowitz, R. Y., & Slade, M. D. (2019). Seafarer mental health study. ITF Seafarers Trust & Yale University: ITF House, 49-60.

Employee Retention

Seafarers with poor mental health are likely to leave a company within 6 months from the onset of poor mental health.

Lefkowitz, R. Y., & Slade, M. D. (2019). Seafarer mental health study. ITF Seafarers Trust & Yale University: ITF House, 49-60.

Deaths on Board

20% of seafarers had suicidal ideation

Lefkowitz, R. Y., & Slade, M. D. (2019). Seafarer mental health study. ITF Seafarers Trust & Yale University: ITF House, 49-60.

Casualty numbers increased from 1.31% of all vessels in 2015 to 1.41% in 2018.

Lefkowitz, R. Y., & Slade, M. D. (2019). Seafarer mental health study. ITF Seafarers Trust & Yale University: ITF House, 49-60.

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Studies show that employee engagement programs can increase profits by $2,400/employee per year or 21% in GREATER PROFITABILITY.

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