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Only 14 days are left for seafarers to nominate for the ICSW International Seafarers' Welfare Awards. The Awards recognise excellence in the provision of welfare services and facilities to seafarers around the world both on board and ashore. The categories in the awards are Port Of The Year, Shipping Company of the Year, Seafarer Centre of the Year, Drop-in Centre of the Year and Welfare…
The ratification of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention by the Philippines was warmly welcomed by the organisations representing seafarers welfare worldwide. The International Committee on Seafarers Welfare (ICSW) and the International Seafarers Assistance Network (ISAN) appreciated that the Philippines, the largest labour supply country in the world, had finally ratified the Convention and provided the trigger that would bring the MLC into force in twelve…
We are delighted to be opening the awards nominations during the week of the International Day of the Seafarer - when we celebrate the work of the many seafarers who spend months away from their families, working under tough conditions. Now in their third year, the International Seafarers' Welfare Awards have become a highlight of the year in the maritime welfare sector. The awards are…
Today is the IMO Day of the Seafarer. It is the day when we all say 'Thank you' to the 1.5 million seafarers around the world for their vital contribution to our everyday lives. Everyone involved in the maritime world knows that without seafarers petrol stations would dry up and shops would not be re-stocked. The challenge for us is to convey this to the…
Seafarers Awareness Week (25 June-1 July) is the annual campaign coordinated by Seafarers UK – the leading charity in the UK for seafarers in need – to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers.   Seafarers UK gives grants of £2.5 million annually to more than 75 charities and organisations that help seafarers and their dependants, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and…
Poland has just become the 26th country and seventh EU member to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention. Poland has a fleet of over 180 vessels and supplies over 22,000 seafarers to international shipping. Only a further four countries are now needed for ratification. It is widely expected that the MLC will be ratified this year and will enter into force in 2013.
The ICSW is deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of The Reverend Tom Heffer, General Secretary of The Mission to Seafarers. Tom died on the evening of Monday 23 April in London after falling unconscious on Tuesday 17 April. Tom had become Secretary General in 2009 after joining the executive staff of the MtS in 2001.    The ICSW has sent the following…
Welcome to the new design of the ICSW main website. We have changed the ‘look and feel’ of the site to make it more user friendly. We have also changed the structure of the site so it is easier to find content.   We welcome any feedback that you may have about the site. Please use the forms at the end of articles for comments…
With the impending ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) and the squeeze on funding for seafarers' welfare there is increasing focus on port levies as a key source of funding for seafarer centres, ship visiting, and other welfare services in ports. The MLC talks about 'levies or special dues from shipping sources' to pay for port welfare facilities in Guideline B4.4.4. The guideline…
The ITF Seafarers' Trust will be holding a 'Seafarers Welfare Matters seminar' in London on Thursday 22nd March 2012, from 13.30hrs registration, 14.00hrs start to 17.00hrs, at Church House, 27 Great Smith Street, London SW1. It is hoped that the MLC will be ratified in 2012 and come into force in 2013. Title 4.4 of that convention makes provision for seafarers' welfare. The trust hopes…