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Working away from loved ones for long periods of time can be a lonely and isolating experience for seafarers, who can find themselves missing out on so much while they’re away. SeafarerHelp was contacted by a seafarer who had tragically lost his wife while he was on board and wanted to share his experience with us. Unfortunately he also recently lost his mother but was…
13th December 2017 ISWAN is delighted to announce the judges who will decide which nominees will be honoured for their excellent seafarers’ welfare provision at its International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards next year. Each of the four awards categories will be judged by an esteemed panel of representatives from across the maritime industry. The panels are as follows: Port of the YearPradeep Chawla – Managing Director,…
On 29th November 2017, 70 representatives from across the maritime industry gathered in Rotterdam with the common goal of exploring how to provide seafarers with the highest standard of port-based services and facilities. ISWAN’s Seminar on Ports and Seafarers’ Welfare, sponsored by the International Port Welfare Partnership Programme (IPWP), began with a welcome from ISWAN Trustee Andy Winbow, acting as the Chairman for the day’s…
A new self-help guide has been launched by ISWAN as part of its series of Good Mental Health Guides for seafarers. Psychological Wellbeing at Sea provides seafarers with guidance on how best to enhance their wellbeing despite many of the challenges of life at sea. This new guide brings together evidence from the field of Positive Psychology to help seafarers recognise critical elements of their…
ISWAN’s Jun Pablo joined an aerial search last week for the missing crew of the Emerald Star, which sunk off the Philippines last month. The Emerald Star, which was carrying nickel ore from Indonesia to China with a crew of 26 Indian seafarers, sunk in the Philippines Sea in the early hours of the 13th October 2017. 16 crew members were rescued but 10 remain…
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…