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6 July 2018 The UK P&I Club is running a global maritime competition – ‘Investing in a Safer Tomorrow’ – to mark its 150th anniversary. The 2019 competition aims to unlock future talent by challenging university students and those embarking on a maritime career to make a difference, collaborate and develop industry-changing ideas to find the next great idea in shipping innovation, with a focus…
5 July 2018 ISWAN’s Regional Director in India, Chirag Bahri, delivered a presentation on Seafarers’ Wellbeing at Sea at a seminar on women in shipping in Chandigarh, India. The seminar, entitled ‘Inducting and Empowering Women in Maritime, Shipping and Associated Fields’, took place on 21 June 2018 and was organised by The Nautical Institute India North West (Chandigarh) Branch. The Chief Guest was Dr. Malini…
9 July 2018 The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has launched a third Good Mental Health Guide for Seafarers entitled Managing Stress and Sleeping Well at Sea. Seafarers face unique challenges shared by few other professions – long periods away from home, living and working in the same place, adverse weather and even the risk of piracy. ISWAN’s new self-help guide, Managing Stress…
27 June 2018 On Day of the Seafarer on Monday, which this year focused on ‘Seafarers’ Wellbeing’, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust announced that it is launching a ground-breaking seafarer welfare training programme, and commissioning a new piece of research related to seafarers’ mental health. ‘MARI-WEL’ Professional Development Programme: The ITF Seafarers’ Trust and the World Maritime University have partnered to create a new seafarer welfare…
25 June 2018 Today is Day of the Seafarer, and this year’s theme is ‘Seafarers’ Wellbeing’. If a seafarer is feeling low or stressed or needs someone to talk to, SeafarerHelp is available day and night, all year round. Our team can provide a listening ear and emotional support, and help seafarers with their wellbeing at sea. A seafarer e-mailed SeafarerHelp while he was at…
19 June 2018 Ship visiting season has arrived this year for the ISWAN and SeafarerHelp team, starting with a trip to the Port of Tilbury earlier this month. Two of our team members were greeted by Deutsche Seemannsmission Port Chaplain Mark Möller, part of an ecumenical team of chaplains at London Tilbury Seafarers’ Centre. Mark showed our team members around the centre, which is managed…
18 June 2018 Members of ISWAN India’s Programme Steering Group met in Mumbai on 7 June to discuss the programme’s latest activities to promote the welfare of Indian seafarers and their families. The meeting was chaired by ISWAN Trustee Michael Pinto, Former Secretary at the Directorate General of Shipping, Government of India (DGS). ISWAN Trustees Deepak Shetty and Dr Suresh Idnani attended, along with senior…
15 June 2018 Our series of Good Mental Health Guides for Seafarers has been shortlisted in the Best Crew Welfare Programme/Campaign category of the Safety at Sea Awards 2018. Safety at Sea has a long history of promoting safe and secure work practices within the commercial shipping industry. A new category for 2018, Best Crew Welfare Programme/Campaign recognises innovative and original developments that have the…
7 June 2018 We have joined forces with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to launch a photo competition in celebration of Day of the Seafarer. Seafarers are invited to submit their best photographs showing a typical day at sea, whether at work, rest or play. The theme of this year’s Day of the Seafarer on 25 June is ‘Seafarers’ Wellbeing’, so photos should reflect the…
Numbering over 1.6 million, seafarers make up a maritime workforce which is largely invisible to the general public, despite transporting 90% of the world’s goods. When tragic incidents involving loss of life take place at sea, they may be reported in the media but the ordeal suffered by the crew involved is not always fully understood. In October 2017, bulk carrier Emerald Star was transporting…
6 June 2018 Last month, ISWAN joined the GOLD Foundation and AMOSUP in Manila to stage the kick-start forum of ‘Kumusta, Kabaro?’: A Mental Health Awareness Campaign for Seafarers and their Families. Around 170 participants from 24 maritime institutions attended the event, which focused on delivering Hope, Awareness and Prevention and aimed to invite potential partners to support the cause. The forum was organised by…