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NewsLink, the daily news service for seafarers, is offering all missions/seafarers' centres around the world the chance to benefit from their service, completely free of charge. NewsLink delivers 75 editions of news to 180,000 seafarers, with editions either in standard English or in the seafarers' own language. Newspapers typically cover the main international, national and business stories of the day, in addition to entertainment news…
The Paris MOU on port state control consists of 27 participating maritime administrations and covers the waters of the European coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe. On 20 August 2013 the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) entered into force and became a relevant instrument for the Paris MoU. Thus making the MLC requirements officially subject to port State control.…
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At the beginning of October Joseph Chacko and Swamidas Pillai  from the KANDLA Seafarers welfare centre (India) visited the twin centre in Poland - Szczecin Seafarers Center. The visitors from Kandla participated in the everyday life in the Polish centre. They visited ships, met port and city authorities, Chairmen of the Welfare Committee, and the ITF inspector. Together with the local chaplains they participated in the…
We know that it is Hollywood, but as the new blockbuster, Captain Phillips, premieres around the globe, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme asks movie goers to remember that it is based on a true story involving real life seafarers. Captain Phillips, which stars Tom Hanks in the title role, retells the story of the kidnapping by Somali pirates of the US-flagged containership Maersk Alabama.…
Per Gullestrup, the former CEO of the Clipper Group, will take over as Chairman of the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network on 1 November 2013. ISWAN is an international NGO and charity set up to promote the welfare of seafarers worldwide. Per replaces Hennie La Grange who is stepping down as acting Chairman. Per Gullestrup said "I am pleased to be taking up this…
One of the key welfare concerns for seafarers on board is the provision of healthy and nuitritious food. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently produced guidlines for the training of ships' cooks. The new guidelines aim to provide guidance to Member States to help them implement Regulation 3.2 and the respective provisions of the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) concerning…
Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, writes : Without doubt the most important welfare concern for seafarers is communication back home. Seafarers now want easy, either free or cheap, access to email and internet both at sea and in port. A survey of seafarers, published earlier this year, found that seafarers spent $150 per month on communication with home at sea and in port. With…
Wrist Ship Supply, a new member of ISWAN, is sponsoring the Seafarer Centre of the Year in the International Seafarers' Welfare Awards which were launched on 9 September. The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards are now in their fourth year and are run by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network, (ISWAN). Wrist Ship Supply is the world's largest ship supplier and its headquarters are in…
The United Kingdom ratified the International Labour Organisation's Maritime Labour Convention (2006) on 7th August 2013. ISWAN's UK member, the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, greatly welcomes this as the endorsement that UK formally recognises human rights of seafarers aboard vessels visiting its own ports and around the World. Significantly Part 4.4 fully acknowledges the importance of welfare boards and port welfare provision, much of which…
Michael Grey, the well respected maritime journalist & ex-editor of Lloyds List reviews "Deep Sea and Foreign Going" by Rose George for ISWAN. Nobody knows it is there, but if it wasn't, most of us would starve and many would freeze in the dark. Shipping is over the horizon, a mystery to everyone who never sees a ship, completely taken for granted. And just as…