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SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A seafarer’s workplace is also his or her home, so the effects of problems like bullying and harassment at work can be worse for those working at sea than for those in shore-based jobs. When the situation on board becomes unbearable seafarers will often…
16 August 2018 73 seafarers have taken part in a hydration health promotion campaign for 28 days to assess the effectiveness of materials to encourage fluid intake. We have published the results of a pilot hydration campaign on seafarers’ water consumption on board four Nakilat ships as part of the ‘Quench’ hydration campaign. As part of our Seafarers’ Health Information Programme (SHIP), the ‘Quench’ hydration…
6 August 2018 Back in June, our Regional Representative in Nigeria, Afusat Eke, celebrated this year’s Day of the Seafarer over three days with seafarers in Lagos.   Saturday 23 June: Afusat joined Apapa Port Welfare Committee Chairman Aina Akinbola and Secretary Barnabas Epu on a ship visit to celebrate Day of the Seafarer with the crew on board. The crew was invited to a…
26 July 2018 ISWAN is partnering with MHG Insurance Brokers to launch a survey of seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues specific to the sector. Questions will be asked on food, cabins and communications, as well as the health and wellbeing of the men and women working on board. The survey has been designed to: highlight areas of welfare needs among seafarers…
25 July 2018 A team of three riders will cycle 100 miles through London and Surrey this weekend in support of our work for seafarers’ welfare. The team, including our Executive Director Roger Harris, will take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 this Sunday (29 July) to raise funds for the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). The 100-mile route through the capital and…
25 July 2018 ISWAN recently took part in the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia‘s (CGPCS) 21st plenary, held on 12 – 13 July 2018. At least 60 member states and international organisations attended the plenary, which was chaired by the Republic of Mauritius as Chair of the Indian Ocean Commission and held at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The…
24 July 2018 The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents. A total of 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first six months of 2018. In total, 69 vessels were boarded, with 23 attempted attacks, 11…
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…