The theme of this year’s IMO day of the seafarer campaign was a fair future for seafarers. Today, we are launching a new report in partnership with Inmarsat that questions what the future looks like for the world’s 1.6million seafarers.
The rise of digital technologies and automation mean that one of the world’s oldest professions is set to change more in the next 30 years than it has in the last 300. This report intends to reconcile the changing role of the world’s seafarers, with the current and future provision of welfare services.
In the report, we will explore the seafarer of 2050 and the issues they are likely to face in their work, how the welfare needs of the seafaring population may change based on this future scenario, and how the industry and training institutions can adapt. Further, we will explore how the world’s seafarer welfare organisations may be affected by this changing environment and make some specific recommendations that are aimed at helping the sector to continue to have a positive impact on the lives of those they serve.