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The documentary film, ‘Man Without a Nation’ has been selected to be screened at the SCRIPT International Short Film Festival 8-9 February 2013 in KOCHI. ‘Man Without a Nation’ presents a real-life story that has made headlines in India and around the World. Born and orphaned in Myanmar, and raised in Thailand, Aung Soe worked as a fisherman until his vessel was captured by Somali…
On 10 December 2012, Jan Oltmanns, Port Chaplain and Director of the Hamburg DUCKDALBEN international seamen's club, was awarded the Cross of Merit, the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation. During the award presentation, Hamburg Economics Minister Frank Horch praised Oltmanns as an individual "who has rendered an outstanding service to Hamburg and above all…
The video of the ICSW 2012 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards Event, held at the IMO in London on 28 November 2012, is now available on the ICSW YouTube channel here. The ICSW is grateful to Videotel for producing the video. For full details of the winners and runners of the Awards see here.
4 December 2012 The International Committee on Seafarers Welfare (ICSW) and the International Seafarers Assistance Network (ISAN) formally agreed to merge last week. The members of the ICSW met in London on 27 November and voted for the merger and for a change of name for the new merged organisation. The new organisation will be called the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and…
The ICSW held a seminar on the welfare aspects of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 at the Baltic Exchange in London on Wednesday 28 November. The seminar heard from a range of expert speakers representing shipowners, unions, port, governments, and welfare organisations. The Convention will come into force in August 2013 with passenger ships and bulk carriers being expected to comply with the convention first.…
The winners of the 2012 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards were announced on the evening of Wednesday 28 November during a high profile ceremony hosted by Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation, Mr Koji Sekimizu at the International Maritime Organisation in London. The winners are: • Shipping Company of the Year: Shell Shipping • Port of the Year: Port of Kandla, India • Seafarer Centre…
The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards, aimed at show-casing best practice in seafarers' welfare in the maritime industry, will take place on 28th November 2012 at the IMO in London. The organisers of the Awards, the International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare (ICSW), have announced the short list of finalists for the Awards: Port of the Year: Port of Corpus Christi, USA; Kandla Port, India and Port…
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…