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Opinion Research Services (ORS) was commissioned by the Maritime Charities Group (MCG) to undertake a survey of older seafarers, their dependants and carers in order to explore experiences of retirement (or semi-retirement) as well as care and support needs. This report presents the findings from:

  • A postal questionnaire sent out to members of: the Royal Naval Association, Fishermen’s Mission, Shipwrecked Mariner’s Society, Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund and Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund.
  • In-depth telephone interviews with seafarers, as well as widows and carers of seafarers.