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The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is pleased to announce that Ms Karin Orsel has joined the board as a trustee. Karin is the Chief Executive Officer of MF Shipping in the Netherlands, President of WISTA International, and Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping. Per Gullestrup, Chairmain of ISWAN, said "We warmly welcome Karin onto the ISWAN board and we look…
ISWAN is delighted to welcome IKMAL as a new member. The Ikhtisas Kelautan Malaysia (IKMAL), the Association of Malaysia's Maritime Professionals – is a maritime professional body for those who are engaged in the maritime sector in Malaysia. IKMAL was established in 1985 and is aimed at seagoing and shore-based officers holding certificates of competency (CoC) or a degree in maritime-biased studies. IKMAL's primary objective…
The 2016 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards were launched on the 27th November 2015. Nominations are open until the 8th February 2016, and can be made here. Here, the film of the 2015 Awards, held at the International Maritime Association in London, is available to view.
ISWAN are delighted to welcome Synergy Marine Group as a new member. Here, Synergy describes its role in caring for seafarers' welfare. What prompted Synergy to join ISWAN? "The welfare of seafarers is one of the firm objectives of Synergy Group. Seafarers deserve appreciation and respect for a job well done, not just from within the maritime industry, but from people from all walks of…
The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 are being launched today. For seafarers, welfare services and facilities can be a lifeline when working away from home for long periods of time. These awards, generously funded by the ITF Seafarers' Trust, recognise excellence in the provision of welfare services, acknowledging shipping companies, welfare organisations, ports and individuals - on ship, as well as ashore. They showcase good…
China has become the 68th ILO member State to have ratified the Maritime Labour Convention. As the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the MLC, 2006 has placed decent working and living conditions of seafarers and fair competition for shipowners at the forefront of maritime affairs. With over 250,000 seafarers and a merchant…
On 19th November 2015, ISWAN hosted a Tweet Chat in order to discuss the social isolation of seafarers. A Tweet Chat is an event held on Twitter, where various individuals participate in a discussion topic at a designated time, the tweets are then grouped by a shared hashtag. The discussion followed on from the publication of Dr.Olivia Swift's article, Social Isolation of Seafarers, available for…
On the 9th June 2015, the Port of Halifax was awarded the accolade of Port of the Year at the International Seafarers Welfare Awards. This is awarded to the port that has done the most for the provision of and access to high quality welfare services and facilities for seafarers. Here, we discuss what the port has been up to since winning. Who is the…
The Seafarers' Centre of the Year Award is bestowed upon the seafarers' centre that has done the most to provide the highest quality of welfare services and facilities to visiting seafarers. Who are Bremerhaven Seafarer Centre and Seamen's Club Welcome? Bremerhaven Seafarer Centre and Seamen's Club Welcome are two centres run by the Deutsche Seemannsmission, with the Centre offering accommodation for seafarers. What services are…
The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Award is bestowed upon the person or organisation that has done the most to provide the highest quality of welfare services and facilities to seafarers. Who is Chirag Bahri? Chirag Bahri hails from India, and once worked as a seafarer. In 2010 Chirag's vessel, where he was serving as Assistant Second Engineer, was hijacked by Somali…