Skip to main content

The Forgotten keyworkers: Challenges faced by British seafarers as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic project is run by Solent University in collaboration with Nautilus International and the Merchant Navy Welfare Board.

The Covid-19 outbreak has impacted seafarers in numerous ways. Some seafarers have experienced substantial delays in repatriation with uncertainty of when flights will resume and crew changes will happen. Others have remained at home, facing economic hardship while they wait to join a ship. Others still have been made redundant or have not been able to find employment in the industry. And for some, work has carried on much as normal, with crew changes still happening.

Project aim

This project aims to explore the challenges faced by British seafarers as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Survey release

In order to explore seafarers’ experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, we need as many British seafarers as possible to complete our questionnaire. The more seafarers who complete the questionnaire, the more we can learn about the different challenges British seafarers have faced. This knowledge will in turn help us to think about how these problems might be overcome.

Take the survey

The survey is anonymous and open to anyone who identifies as a British seafarer, regardless of rank or experience. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and we are grateful to all those who give up their time to help us with this project.


If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact a member of the team at:

In collaboration with

Nautilus International logo      Merchant Navy Welfare Board logo

Back to top