||Seafarers International Research Centre
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there have been so many studies performed with the intention to find the ways of how to reduce the port turnaround times. So much of technological and logistical ingenuity was deployed by the industry professionals, such as naval architects, transport planners, production and civil engineers etc. to ensure that the vessels spend the maximum of their time at sea not in the port. However, the application of all this energy has ever been matched by relevant studies of the effects that these "efficiency gain" have to the lives of the seamen. This report appears to be the first detailed comparative analysis of port turnaround timing. It is also aimed to offer readers some preliminary exploration of the social cost that is incurred by seamen. The report also includes comparison between different types of vessels, such as car carriers, dry bulk and liquid bulk carriers, container ships, forest products carriers, tankers etc. There is valuable information and tips on living in the fast turnaround vessels, including the decline in levels of manning, lack of shore leave, physical and mental wellbeing, port environments and locations etc. The publication presents a result of a very serious and practical research and is therefore recommended.