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On 21 May 2013, ISWAN held a seminar on port levies and seafarers' welfare: How can port levies help deliver welfare provisions in the MLC, 2006? The seminar was attended by around 30 representatives from welfare organisations, unions, shipping companies and government. This report on the seminar provides insights into the diverse opinions shared in relation to port levies, and some of the more nuanced…
A report highlighting latest details of the human cost of maritime piracy was released in London on 18 June. This updated report studies not only the human cost of Somali Piracy, but also, for the first time, examines the threat of piracy to seafarers in the waters off West Africa. It further discusses the long-­‐term psychological and financial difficulties faced by seafarers following attacks and…
The IMO Day of the Seafarer is being held on Tuesday 25 June 2013. The aim of the day is to : Celebrate seafarers around the world Raise awareness of seafarers' health and working conditions Raise awareness of seafarers' contribution to the global economy This year's theme is 'Faces of the sea'. Shipping companies, organisations, and individuals are being encouraged to send photos and videos…
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a member of ISWAN, has published its latest Annual Review of maritime policy and regulatory developments, in advance of its Annual General Meeting, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Shipowners' Association in Oslo from 5-7 June. The 2013 Annual Review, which covers the wide-ranging scope of ICS's activities as the world's principal international trade association for ship operators,…
The ISWAN seminar on port levies and welfare provisions in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, held at The Baltic Exchange in London on 21 May 2013, brought together representatives from welfare organisations, shipping companies, unions, government, and academics to share and promote good practice on levies. The seminar heard different views from India, South Africa and UK on how levies can be set up and…
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…