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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'…
The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has just published Multilingual questions for the medical assessment and treatment of seafarers. This updated publication assists medical professionals, first officers, port health authorities and welfare workers, among others, with assessing and treating seafarers in emergency and non-emergency situations. The booklet covers a range of medical areas including cardiac events, injuries to different parts of the body,…
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The new international seafarers' welfare organisation, ISWAN, marked its official launch at a reception on 17 April in London. ISWAN, which stands for the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network held a reception at the Commonwealth Club in London with Ms Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Organisation and Mr Jim Fitzpatrick MP, former UK Minister of Shipping…
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A new report detailing the overall economic cost incurred worldwide from Somali piracy has just been launched by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a project of One Earth Future Foundation. The report, The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2012 is the third annual assessment of the Economic Cost of Somali Piracy presented by OBP, and the launch will coincide with meetings in Copenhagen, hosted by the…
It's farewell to the ICSW and ISAN and welcome to ISWAN. On 1 April 2013 the International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare (ICSW) & the International Seafarers' Assistance Network (ISAN) formally merge to become the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). ISWAN emerges as the outcome of two years' of collaboration between the two organisations, our members and our funders. The new organisation will harness…
The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Among the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between…
4 March 2013 The ITF is launching a new generation of free apps, including one to help seafarers and charterers support and build on the fair employment provisions of MLC2006. A second app helps seafarers find a trade union and their nearest ITF inspector, while the organisation's charity arm, the ITF Seafarers' Trust, is offering an app to put users in touch with the nearest…
At a meeting in Odessa in the Ukraine on Wednesday 27 February seafarer welfare organisations agreed to come together to form an umbrella association. The meeting included local representatives from Mission to Seafarers, Sailors Society, Stella Maris, the Seamans Club in Odessa, Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme and unions. Seafarer welfare organisations in the Ukraine are facing problems with funding their services and also gaining…
The International Shipping Federation (ISF), and ICSW member, which represents maritime employers globally, is calling on port states to facilitate the right of seafarers to shore leave, in line with governments' international treaty obligations, by proposing a new pragmatic approach to visa requirements. ISF has made this proposal in a submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Facilitation Committee, which next meets in April to…
The Seafarers Emergency Fund (SEF) has just been re-launched. The SEF is a fund available to provide immediate, essential aid to seafarers and the families of seafarers, who are directly involved in sudden and unforeseen crises. Welfare organisations can apply to this fund to enable them to purchase goods and/or services to relieve the need(s) brought on by such crises. Each application will be considered…