16th Annual General Assembly and Conference of the International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMU AGA 2015, Opatija, Croatia, 7 - 10 October 2015, pp.99-107
© 2020 Proceedings - 16th Annual General Assembly and Conference of the International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMU AGA 2015. All rights reserved.Social isolation of the seafarers on board is an important problem driver in the ship environment. Social isolation based problems occur due to the gaps in the use of emotional intelligence between the seafarers while serving on board the vessel. Accordingly, Maritime Labour Convention (MLC-2006) point out that the significance of providing the recreational facilities on board to overcome these gaps and resultant problems. In this context, the aim of this study is to determine leisure participants who might belong to the “serious and casual” and to compare them with their leisure satisfactions, emotional abilities, satisfactions with life and to understand the relationships between the leisure satisfaction, emotional intelligence and life satisfaction of the seafarers while they are on board. Thus a survey has been conducted among 200 seafarers by means of a questionnaire including “Serious and Casual Leisure Measure (SCLM)”, “Leisure Satisfaction Scale (LSS)”, “Shcutte Emotional Intelligence Scale” and “Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS)”, and the results have been evaluated. It is found that the leisure participants could be categorized into two groups, as serious and casual. Besides, serious leisure participants have more ability to manage emotions, higher scores of life and leisure satisfaction than casual ones. Also, a large correlation between leisure satisfaction and emotional intelligence has been obtained; whereas, it is observed that there is a moderate correlation between leisure satisfaction and life satisfaction. Consequently, the results show that the proper and being aware of using leisure equipment, and facilities can increase the emotional intelligence and life satisfaction by breaking social isolation, and promoting motivation and work performance as well as health and well-being.