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3rd November 2017 The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has launched a new version of its Shore Leave app for seafarers, with features designed to encourage seafarers to visit their local seafarer centres and have more fun using the app. One new feature enables seafarers to enter a raffle each time they visit a seafarers’ centre, which has a QR code specific to the centre or location.…
The Trafigura Foundation awards ISWAN a grant to improve its helpline and support dedicated emergency funds for seafarers experiencing difficult situations at sea. London 1 November 2017. The Trafigura Foundation and ISWAN have begun a collaboration to improve ISWAN's assistance to seafarers. Seafarers, who are responsible for transporting 90% of the world's goods, lead tough lives with fast turnaround of ships in ports, months at…
31st October 2017 Unsafe mixed migration by sea continues to claim many lives, despite the strenuous efforts made by Governmental and naval rescue services, often supported by merchant vessels, abiding by the long-standing tradition and legal obligation to go to the rescue of persons in distress at sea. The complexities of this humanitarian challenge were discussed on Monday (30th October) at a meeting hosted by…
18th October 2017 A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy. The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over…
10th October 2017 Today is World Mental Health Day. SeafarerHelp is ISWAN's free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When a seafarer is feeling low or having suicidal thoughts, the team is there to provide support and a listening ear, just like they did in the following case. An Indian seafarer who ‘felt like…
6th October 2017 Maritime Trade Union Nautilus International Highlights Plight of Seafarers in British Waters, With Some Earning Less than $0.85 an Hour Modern slavery in British waters is “alive and kicking” according to the maritime professionals trade union Nautilus International. The Union has warned of the plight of seafarers working on foreign flagged ships in British waters, who are receiving minimal or no pay…
The maritime community turned out in force to support the launch of our International Port Welfare Partnership Programme (IPWP), which took place in Trinity House during London International Shipping Week 2017. Over 90 representatives from across the maritime industry attended the launch event, which was followed by a lively and informative panel debate entitled ‘Fair Shipping – Does it Really Exist?’. The debate was chaired…
Calling All Seafarers to Nominate the Best in Seafarers' Welfare ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards recognise the best in shipping when it comes to looking after people at sea. This year, with support from some of the biggest names in the industry, the awards are set to be better than ever, but it all starts with the nominations. This is the chance for seafarers to…
13th September 2017 ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp, a free, confidential, 24/7 helpline which supports thousands of seafarers every year, was named ‘Shoreside Team of the Year’ at last night’s 2017 Safety at Sea Awards, held during London International Shipping Week. Members of ISWAN and the SeafarerHelp team joined a host of representatives from the shipping industry at last night’s ceremony, which took place at the Sheraton Grand…
In the face of tough shipping markets and dogged by mental and physical health concerns, worries about pay, careers and abandonment, more seafarers than ever before have been turning to SeafarerHelp for assistance and support. According to the newly released 2016 annual report from the free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, there are serious problems facing those at sea, and seafarers desperately…
The Royal Parks Half Marathon celebrates its 10th birthday this year and ISWAN is delighted that six supporters will be running on Sunday 8th October to raise money for our organisation. Our marathon runners this year are: Emily Richmond, Hetty Pugh and Steven Williams – International Registries (The Marshall Islands Registry), London office James Lawson and Jessica Swallow – The Shipowners’ Club Garry Strickland – Sharpness…