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"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…
SeafarerHelp is the 24 hour multilingual helpline for seafarers run by the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). 2015 was a busy year for the SeafarerHelp team, with a 17% increase in the number of cases compared to 2014. Cases and seafarers helped have tripled since 2011, as seafarers have become more aware of the support we can provide. With ten team members speaking…
11 Indian seafarers have recently returned from jail in Nigeria, having been released without charge. SeafarerHelp and ISWAN have been in touch with them and their families, through the National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria and following a visit of the Sailors Society chaplain while they were in jail. On their return to India, the crew related the following tale. Their ship, the tanker Maro,…
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 Panagiota 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…
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 Katerina 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…
One of our team members working in Manila had a last minute opportunity to speak about and promote ISWAN's work and Seafarer Help at Luneta Seafarers' Welfare Foundation (LUSWELF) last week.A legal lecture by Atty Dennis Gorecho was due to take place, and the lawyer generously offered our Manila representative Jun Pablo the use of the PA system to promote ISWAN after the lecture. Our…
(Guidelines from the ICWTWU and ICWTWU/FIT-CISL seminar, Venice, May 2015) The reason for 80% of accidents on vessels is caused by human error which is often a result of fatigue.To help overcome fatigue the following ideas may prove helpful and are recommended: 1. To fulfill the requirements of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, in particular Regulations 2-4 relating to the terms of employment, accommodation,…