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ISWAN has entered into partnership with their newest member - The Shipowners' Club - the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector. As a partner, the Club will contribute towards ISWAN's Seafarers Health Information Project (SHIP), an initiative that promotes and distributes health information materials to shipping companies, seafarers' centres, and direct to seafarers. The project consists of 10 core health considerations:…
The winners of ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24th June at a high-profile ceremony held in Manila, the Philippines. The ceremony forms part of ISWAN's celebrations in the Philippines for the IMO Day of the Seafarer. The awards were presented by IMO Secretary General Mr Kitack Lim to seven recipients who have provided exceptional services for the welfare and wellbeing of…
Marking IMO's Day of the Seafarer, Marlins, part of V.Group and the charity, International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have created a new elearning course to help seafarers prevent and prepare for piracy attacks. Although there have been no successful attacks off Somalia for some time, piracy, armed robbery and kidnapping of seafarers in West Africa and Asia are a current concern. Indonesia recently…
On a hot, grey muggy day, three members of ISWAN were on our way to visit Port of Tilbury, London's main port. The aim of the visit was to meet the port staff and to understand their role as well as to speak to seafarers about their working conditions and their experiences. This port visit was one of a programme of such visits undertaken by…
On 9 June, 2016 The Belfast Harbour Office hosted a Business Breakfast event to recognise the work of the Northern Ireland Port Welfare Committee (PWC) and bring together representatives of the maritime industries from across the Province.The Northern Ireland PWC is one of 15 such committees operating around the coastline of the UK with a further PWC based in the Port of Gibraltar. Each committee…
We are delighted to be able to provide the Story of Aman. Entitled "A Man Who Never Gives Up – Journey Of A Lifetime" this account of being a captive of pirates in Somalia is written in his own words and provides a unique story of the time he spent as a hostage. MV Albedo, a Malaysian flag vessel with crew from Pakistan, Sri Lanka,…
Seafarers continue to be the targets of pirates and armed robbers, with around 100 held captive ashore by various groups in different parts of the world at the moment. The training of seafarers, best management practice and hardening of ships has formed part of the response, but companies still need to be well prepared for seafarers being attacked or taken captive. The ISWAN Maritime Piracy…
A new welfare facility for seafarers calling into Calais is now up and running! The previous seafarer centre, Calais Seamen's' Club, was forced to close after its sponsor suffered financial difficulties. The reduction in merchant shipping through the port of Calais meant that a full time, permanent club house was no longer viable. This meant seafarers calling in Calais were without access to some of…
Registration for The IMO Day of the Seafarer Event organised by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is now open. This is a free event aimed at seafarers and their families and will be held in Manila, the Philippines, at the SMX Convention Centre. All seafarers and their families in Manila are invited to attend, but registration HERE is essential because places are…
Launched yesterday evening at the International Maritime Organization, the latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts a serious future shortage in the supply of seafarers. The report identifies:a current shortfall of about 16,500 officers (2.1%), but a need for an additional 147,500 officers by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet. The global supply of officers is forecast to increase steadily, but this is predicted to be outpaced…