Come sit with us: effect of recreational zones’ interior design on seafarers’ well-being in fishing vessels
The aim of this study is to explore the factors in interior design of recreational areas and their effects on seafarers in Norwegian fishing vessels. The relationship between interior design of communal dining and living arrangements, well-being of seafarers and fatigue at sea have been researched. The methods of research are questionnaires of 34 crewmembers and interviews with 10 seafarers currently working onboard vessels or shipbuilding industry professionals with seafaring experience. The study consists of evaluations of 4 different fishing vessels’ with 3 different takes on recreational zones as well as measuring well-being and fatigue. The study focuses on the personal experiences and evaluations of seafaring professionals. Findings propose that there is a positive relationship between general evaluation of recreational zones and well-being. Findings also help define which interior design characteristics of recreational zones are more satisfactory for seafarers in Norwegian fishing vessels.