20-22 June 2018
Trieste (Italy)
Europe/Rome timezone
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Contribution Paper

Comfort on board

A Survey on the Difficulties of Marine Service: Case Study for Turkish Seafarers


  • Dr. Umut YILDIRIM

Primary authors


  • Mr. Ozkan UGURLU (Karadeniz Technical University)
  • Mr. SERDAR YILDIZ (Department of Marine Transportation and Management Engineering, Surmene Faculty of Marine Sciences, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, 61600, Turkey)


By 2015, there are 1 million 650 thousand seafarers globally. The number of Turkish seafarers is about 180 thousand. However, after China, the largest number of seafarer training in Turkey, the sea service time of seafarers is not at the desired level. For this purpose, the physical and psychological difficulties encountered by Turkish seafarers in marine services were researched through questionnaire. Approximately 600 seafarers participated, 25 questions were asked on different topics such as fatigue, stress, job satisfaction, salary, social life, piracy risk, and the effects of these subjects on their occupational life were investigated. It is aimed to contribute to the maritime industry by this study, which is important in terms of explanation and introduction of the profile of Turkish seafarers.