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Since 2013, ISWAN has run a fitness and training programme specifically designed for seafarers, called Training on Board. The aim is to encourage seafarers to develop their strength, endurance and flexibility while on board, by providing workout plans devised by a professional physiotherapist. These plans can be performed with little or no equipment. Seafarers are also encouraged to keep track of their progress by logging…
SeafarerHelp is a free and confidential service provided by ISWAN. Seafarers or their families finding themselves in a difficult situation and in need of support and assistance can contact SeafarerHelp 24/7, 365 days of the year. The team can speak languages including Russian, Georgian, Tagalog, Hindi, Arabic, Polish and Urdu. Whether seafarers are seeking advice about unpaid wages, poor working or living conditions, or simply…
Introducing NUSI (National Union of Seafarers of India), Winners of the 2015 Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality (Organisation) of the Year Award This award is bestowed upon the organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to seafarers' welfare. Who are NUSI? NUSI, the National Union of Seafarers of India, represents more than 80,000 Indian ratings and petty officers. NUSI is over 100 years old, and…
Tu, aged 25, is a Vietnamese seafarer. He worked on board a Taiwanese fishing vessel which was attacked by Somalian pirates then held in captivity from 25th December 2010 to 17th July 2012. Tu narrated this story in December 2015. He has permitted the translation of his story for use by the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP). Below is a summary. Download the full…
Introducing Eidesvik, Winner of the Shipping Company of the Year Award 2015. The award is bestowed upon the shipping company, or ship management company that has done the most to provide the highest quality of welfare services for seafarers. Who is Eidesvik? Eidesvik is a shipping company based in Bømlo, Norway. It owns and operates 28 vessels and trades worldwide. The categories for these vessels…
Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, looks at the future of seafarer centres and provides some thoughts about how they can survive and thrive. Seafarer centres have been around for a long time. There are now approximately 430 seafarer centres around the world, run mainly by the Christian seafarer missions and a small number are run by trade unions, governments, and NGOs. There is a…
The Seafarers' Welfare Committee in Bangladesh is an excellent example of how government bodies, the commercial sector, unions and ports can work collaboratively to improve the welfare of seafarers. Following the formation of a welfare committee, and in line with the ILO MLC recommendations in 2009, a Welfare Levy was established in January 2014 in order to collect sustainable funding for welfare facilities for seafarers…
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.