seaman with hawser on red and yellow deck

Project: Practical work environment management for gender diversity in the maritime sector

When working as a seafarer, the ship is both a working and a living environment. The social work environment on board is therefore very important. In this project, we identify measures to reduce the risk of bullying and harassment, and to promote gender diversity and a good work environment in the maritime sector.

Photo: Jörgen Språng

Project information

Project manager
Cecilia Österman
Other project members
Magnus Boström, Linnaeus University; Anna Lundberg, Sjöfartstidningen
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Sjöfartstidningen
AFA Försäkring
1 Jan 2019–31 Jan 2021
Maritime science (Kalmar maritime academy, Faculty of technology)

More about the project

In the autumn of 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted sexual harassment in various professions and contexts. Under the hashtag #lättaankar (anchors aweigh), over 1,150 women seafarers in Sweden shared their stories. Working at sea, sometimes for several months in a row, means that a victim of bullying and harassment has limited options to seek support from friends and family.

The movement has engaged the maritime industry, but more knowledge is needed of effective measures to prevent bullying and harassment and how to deal with these situations when they occur. Preventive measures must fit the various working conditions within the maritime sector, with a combined working and living environment on board.

The purpose of the project is to identify and describe measures to prevent bullying and harassment, and to promote gender diversity and a good organizational and social work environment in the maritime sector. An evaluation of the measures is performed together with industry representatives. The overall project aim is to communicate useful methods and strategies that are described so that it clearly shows what they mean and why they work. All results will be made freely available through existing platforms for occupational safety and health knowledge in the industry.

Read the press release about the project, New project will reduce risk of harassment at sea.

The project is part of the research in the Maritime science research group.