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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…
St Kitts and Nevis ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 on 21 February 2012. Seven more countries are required before the convention is fully ratified. It is important for countries to ratify the convention as soon as possible so it can be implemented.
An advocacy group, the Seafarers International Action Center, has called on the Government of the Philippines to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention (2006). The group has collected over 6,000 signatures for a petition that they plan to hand to the government. The Philippines supplies over 250,000 of the world's seafarers. Twenty three countries have now ratified the MLC - only a further seven are required…
A report published today by the International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW) has found that seafarers’ access to the latest communications technology is taking a back seat because of high investment costs and ports’ concerns about security. Developments in New Technology & Implications for Seafarers’ Welfare was commissioned by ICSW in order to learn more about how port-wide WiFi and WiMAX are helping seafarers to…
The International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare (ICSW) has today launched a NEW ONLINE TOOLKIT on seafarers' welfare. The new toolkit is aimed at all organisations and individuals involved with seafarers' welfare around the world. The toolkit comprises of a set of tools on National Welfare Boards, port welfare committees, and fundraising for seafarers' welfare. Additional content on seafarers' welfare and cruise ships, running successful seafarer centres, and…
The Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre in Brisbane is well on the way to planning for the future. With a three way partnership between the Australian Mariners’ Welfare Society, the National Office of the Apostleship of the Sea and the Stella Maris Brisbane Committee, who raised over $20,000.00 to install solar panels.The solar panels will generate 5kWh of power every hour during day light and reduce…
The International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare is organising a one day seminar on Seafarers’ Welfare at the Danish Shipowners Association in Copenhagen on Thursday 14 April. The seminar will look at the current issues and problems facing seafarers’ welfare. These include the welfare of seafarers and their families affected by piracy, communications at sea and in port for seafarers, and the using the Maritime Labour…
Ship owners and seafarers are calling on ‘people power’ to push their governments to act now and show the political will to resolve the growing Somali piracy crisis before it strangles world trade and before more innocent seafarers are tortured and murdered. The SOS Save Our Seafarers campaign, launched today by BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Shipping Federation (ISF), Intercargo, INTERTANKO…