The results are in!Tuesday, May 01 - 2012 Around 500 seafarers have had their say on life with V.Ships. The latest Seafarer Survey - the first to be conducted entirely online - found that 88 per cent of employees on board would be returning to the company after their leave period. The feedback also found 99 per cent understood the meaning of compliance, 79 per cent of senior officers considered their superintendent's appraisal to be fair, objective and helpful, and the new healthcare plan was classed as the most important additional benefit. Areas for improvement included advising sea staff of shore based job opportunities, with 26 per cent of people feeling that their career development was not given enough attention. Matt Dunlop, Chief Operating Officer with V.Ships Ship Management Division, said "It's essential we get first hand views from people on board our vessels, enabling V.Ships to build on what we're doing right, as well as improve on those things we're not. "Over the years our surveys have helped shape decisions improving a number of areas of our work, such as the introduction of the payment of basic wages for all sea staff attending shore based training courses and seminars. "And that is why it is so important to continue this culture of two-way communications, finding out what seafarers think and discovering ways to develop our operation. "Responding to the survey really does make a difference, and I'd like to thank all of those people who had their say." To see a copy of the complete V.Ships Seafarer Survey results, please contact your crewing office and request for information to be sent to you.