Oxford Research has together with Coffey International (lead), TIS.PT and World Maritime University been commissioned by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission to conduct a study on social aspects within the maritime transport sector.

Maritime transport is an essential part of the EU economy and is of strategic importance for trade and citizens’ mobility: Over 40 per cent of intra-EU trade is carried by ships and more than 400 million passengers embark and disembark at ports within the EU annually.

The study will assess how the social dimension of maritime transport has developed and progressed since the ad hoc Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness presented its final report in 2011. The objective of the study is to identify topics and potential initiatives which can contribute to ensure adequate working and living conditions of seafarers and to guarantee the attractiveness of the seafarer profession. By figuring out why, and in what particular respects, the maritime sector is increasingly seen as an unattractive place in which to work, notably by young people, we aim to provide evidence and recommendations about what can be done at different levels to improve the situation.

The study started in December 2018 and will take ten months, making the results available in autumn 2019.