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It has been brought to our attention that the ICSW's name is being used by a fraudulent recruitment agency. The ICSW is not recruiting for any posts at the moment so please do not apply for jobs that are advertised by us. We have informed the authorities in the UK and they are investigating. Under no circumstances should any funds, passports, or visas be sent…
The International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare (ICSW) would appreciate your help with some research we are conducting about port welfare levies. ICSW is an international NGO, supported by the shipping industry, which promotes the welfare of seafarers around the world. Port welfare levies are small voluntary or compulsory fees charged to ships entering a port that help fund the cost of port welfare facilities and…
What is it about? The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) has finally been ratified in August and will be implemented in August 2013. Thirty two governments have now signed up to it. Shipping companies, unions, governments, and welfare organisations have under a year to prepare for the convention to come into force. The seminar will look at what organisations should be doing and how they can…
Working together to improve seafarers' welfare was at the heart of the South East Asia (SEA) Regional Assessment Meeting, which took place 2-3 October 2012 in Bali. The meeting brought together over 40 delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam with observers from New Zealand, Norway, and the UK to review and evaluate the last four years of the programme – with…
The deadline for seafarers to nominate for the ICSW International Seafarers' Welfare Awards has been extended to 24 September 2012. The deadline for submissions has also been extended to 5 October 2012. 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…
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…