Social security for seafarers globally

Olaf Jensen, Luisa Canals, Erik Haarløv, Don Eliseo Prisno-III, Agnes Flores, Rimsky Sucre

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Social security for seafarers globally
Social security protection is one of the essential elements of decent work. The issue is complex and no previous epidemiological studies of the coverage among seafarers have yet been performed.
The aim was to overcome the gap of knowledge to promote the discussion and planning of the implementation of social security for all seafarers.
The seafarers completed a short questionnaire concerning their knowledge about their social security status.
Significant disparities of coverage of social security were pointed out among the nationalities. Especially it is worth mentioning that more than half of the respondents believe they are uncovered economically for disability from an injury on board and from a work related disease.
The results confirm the ILO statements that a significant part of the seafarers comes from poorer countries without substantial social security systems. The solutions suggested are to implement the minimum requirements as recommended by the ILO 2006 Convention, to survey the implementation and in the long term to struggle for global social equality.
Key words:
Social security, insurance, seafaring, injury, health, occupational, epidemiology
ArtikelnummerISSN 1641–9251
TidsskriftInternational Maritime Health
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)30-35
StatusUdgivet - 2013


  • social security
  • epidemiology
  • prevalence
  • occupational