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The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) have released a new tool for unions fighting the negative effects of HIV/AIDS in the world's ports today. The official launch took place at the ITF dockers' section conference in Chicago, USA, and the publication, HIV/AIDS and portworkers - a resource pack for unions, is available on request and for immediate download from here. The new publication contains practical…
The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme ("MPHRP") is a pan-industry alliance of ship owners, maritime unions, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare associations working together with one aim, namely -: "to assist seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage" Roy Paul the Programme Director has reacted to the press…
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A new fund has been set up by the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) for seafarers and their families who have been affected by piracy. Many seafarers who have been held by Somali pirates are returning home, once freed, to face financial hardship. The MPHRP, with other partners in the maritime industry, have set up a fund that will help with small but effective…
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Three more countries, Barbados, Nigeria, and South Africa, ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 last week (19 & 20 June 2013). According to the ILO website 39 countries have now ratified the convention, that comes into force in under two months on 20 August 2013. ISWAN welcomes the news and looks forward to working with all countries that have ratified in helping to set…
On 21 May 2013, ISWAN held a seminar on port levies and seafarers' welfare: How can port levies help deliver welfare provisions in the MLC, 2006? The seminar was attended by around 30 representatives from welfare organisations, unions, shipping companies and government. This report on the seminar provides insights into the diverse opinions shared in relation to port levies, and some of the more nuanced…
A report highlighting latest details of the human cost of maritime piracy was released in London on 18 June. This updated report studies not only the human cost of Somali Piracy, but also, for the first time, examines the threat of piracy to seafarers in the waters off West Africa. It further discusses the long-­‐term psychological and financial difficulties faced by seafarers following attacks and…
The IMO Day of the Seafarer is being held on Tuesday 25 June 2013. The aim of the day is to : Celebrate seafarers around the world Raise awareness of seafarers' health and working conditions Raise awareness of seafarers' contribution to the global economy This year's theme is 'Faces of the sea'. Shipping companies, organisations, and individuals are being encouraged to send photos and videos…
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a member of ISWAN, has published its latest Annual Review of maritime policy and regulatory developments, in advance of its Annual General Meeting, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Shipowners' Association in Oslo from 5-7 June. The 2013 Annual Review, which covers the wide-ranging scope of ICS's activities as the world's principal international trade association for ship operators,…
The ISWAN seminar on port levies and welfare provisions in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, held at The Baltic Exchange in London on 21 May 2013, brought together representatives from welfare organisations, shipping companies, unions, government, and academics to share and promote good practice on levies. The seminar heard different views from India, South Africa and UK on how levies can be set up and…
A report published today, 21 May 2013, by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) details best practice in establishing and operating port levies around the world. The report, Port levies and sustainable welfare for seafarers, documents how levies make a real difference to welfare organisations and the services that they are able to provide for seafarers, at a time when funding for seafarers'…