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Despite an overall global reduction in serious piracy attacks this year, the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) cautions against complacency in its 2015 report for the year to 30 September. Southeast Asia cracks down In Southeast Asia, a piracy crackdown appears to be bearing fruit, with only two hijackings reported in the third quarter of the year. Indonesian and Malaysian authorities have…
On 21 October the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) and the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which Taiwan will donate €30,000 to a Piracy Survivor Family Fund (PSFF), administered by MPHRP, an ISWAN programme, on behalf of the Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS). The Memorandum was signed by Representative Kuo-yu…
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19th October 2015 Andy Winbow, the recently retired Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined the board of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) as a trustee. Andy said "I am really pleased to join the board of ISWAN. It is an organisation that focuses on the wellbeing of the seafarer and I feel it…
Oct 08, 2015 Organisations representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the size of the 'High Risk Area' for piracy in the Indian Ocean has been reduced and issued new advice to merchant ship operators. This reduction to the High Risk Area is in response to the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean, but a group of shipping and…
13th October 2015 118 inspectors working for the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) have gathered in Panama City, Panama this week for the ITF worldwide inspectors' seminar (WWIS). The entire inspectorate network is brought together every three years to develop new skills and plan for the delivery of ITF objectives. Inspectors are union officials working on issues related to the ITF flags of convenience campaign…
Are you a seafarer with thoughts on your welfare? Do you want the chance to win an iPad Air? Our colleagues at the ITF Seafarers Trust are running a survey, looking into the needs and wants of seafarers. Participants of the survey will be entered into a draw to win an iPad Air (32GB). The survey asks questions about port-based services, including seafarers' welfare workers,…
"Social isolation among seafarers is less a problem than a fact. What makes it problematic is that social isolation is both a cause and symptom of a range of mental health conditions. And these conditions make it harder to both retain crew and maintain safety." Dr.Olivia Swift's article Social Isolation of Seafarers highlights the key points on this topic, illustrating various means to alleviate the…
A new report designed to identify key areas of concern for women seafarers was the centrepiece of a recent meeting on the health and wellbeing of women working at sea, to be held in London. The new Women Seafarers' Health and Welfare Survey is a joint initiative by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), the International Maritime…
A briefing meeting has been arranged to present the findings of the 2015 Women Seafarers' Health and Welfare Survey, and to prompt interactive discussion between stakeholders on how to address the issues raised. The study has been a joint initiative of the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and the Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS)…
ISWAN's relay team of Per Gullestrup (Chair of Trustees), Torbjorn Husby (Trustee) and Roger Harris (Executive Director) completed the Olympic Distance in the London Triathlon on Saturday 8 August in a time of 3hr 8 minutes. Torbjorn swum 1500 meters, Per cycled 40 kms, and Roger ran 10kms. Roger said "It was a hot afternoon but we were overtaking teams with people half our age…