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State agencies are continuing to work closely with Commonwealth and welfare agencies to assist the crew of a coal ship, detained off Gladstone, who are caught up in a dispute over wages, conditions and fuel supplies. The Honourable Mark Bailey (Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply)  said ensuring the welfare of local and visiting seafarers is the…
Seafarers' Rights International (SRI) in association with the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has produced a short, informative film intended to raise awareness of the risks of seafarers being abandoned. Drawing on situations where seafarers have been abandoned, international law and the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, the film explains the blight of abandonment and what is being done about the problem, and provides information on…
See excerpts from the International Seafarers' Welfare Awards here, including speeches from the winners, and IMO Secretary-General Mr Kitack Lim
Watch highlights from the ISWAN Day of the Seafarer Celeration held on Saturday 25 June at the SMX Convention Center in Manila. The event was attended by over 2,500 seafarers, maritime cadets, and their families. The IMO Secretary-General, Mr Kitack Lim, attended and spoke the event. See here for more details.
ISWAN asked to hear from women seafarers about their experiences. Female seafarers make up 2% of seafarers worldwide, and sometimes have the challenging task of dealing with gender stereotypes as well as the demanding life on board . We asked via Facebook and Twitter for stories, and Yasendy kindly agreed to tell us hers. If you want to be featured, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to…
"Zika Virus – Staying Safe," produced by Videotel, a maritime e-Learning leader, explains the dangers of the virus and how to help prevent its spread KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced on July 27, 2016 that it is offering Videotel's new safety and training video about the Zika virus free to all mariners worldwide. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the vitally important…
ILO member States have confirmed the amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention ensuring better protection to seafarers and their families in case of abandonment, death, and long-term disability. Two years after an overwhelming approval at the 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC), it has been confirmed that the Amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) , adopted in 2014, will enter into…
ISWAN welcomes the decrease in piracy as reported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). However, vigilance is still needed as ships are still being attacked and seafarers are still being affected. ISWAN works closely with the IMB and other organisations to support seafarers and their families effected by piracy. London and Kuala Lumpur, July 2016 Piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest…
Seafarers can now easily access up-to-date information and guidance about HIV/AIDS on their mobile devices, thanks to a new wellbeing app launched by the ITF. The free app is available for both Android and iOS devices. It provides the basic facts on HIV/AIDS – how it is transmitted, what the symptoms are, how you can prevent being infected and what treatment is available. It also…