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Three seafarers who had been held by Somali pirates for over four and a half years returned home to a huge welcome organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour and Capt Nguyen Viet Anh, the MPHRP welfare responder who has been caring for the families. A number of reporters from domestic and foreign news services were also participating in the event. For almost a year…
Four Cambodian seafarers were among the crew of the Naham3, which was captured by Somali pirates off Seychelles in March 2012. They have been released from captivity on 22 October 2016, and will be back in Cambodia reunited with their families very soon. The story below was written about the family of one of the men while they were still in captivity, and can now…
28 October 2016 A vessel which had already been detained following a Port State Control inspection by MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) surveyors in Cardiff, Wales, has been issued with a further detainable deficiency notice after it was discovered the crew had not been paid for many months. “The state of the vessel is bad enough from a maintenance point of view,” explained International Transport…
ISWAN warmly welcomes the release of the hostages from the FV Naham 3 Nairobi, Kenya – 22 October 2016: The Hostage Support Partners announce the release of the 26 remaining hostages of the FV Naham 3. The Omani flagged fishing vessel was hijacked on 26 March 2012 roughly 65 nautical miles south of the Seychelles. Of the original 29-member crew, sadly one died during the…
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ISWAN-MPHRP consistently provides assistance to families affected by maritime piracy. Regular assurance calls and visits are priorities of the programme especially for the families of seafarers who are still in Somalia. The programme provides emotional, psychological and practical support. The charitable funds are provided by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, and medical and educational support has been generously given by…
28/09/2016 The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today applauded the granting of shore leave to the crew of the Hanjin Seattle on its arrival at the port of Seattle, USA. The denial of shore leave to Hanjin crews was highlighted by a spontaneous action of dockers at the same port last month, and by ITF inspectors in the USA (see https://goo.gl/RDd549). ITF seafarers’ section chair…
Afusat Eke is the maritime social worker employed by the Nigerian National Seafarers' Welfare Board to assist seafarers and their families affected by piracy and armed robbery. Her post is supported by a grant from Seafarers UK. She started work on 1 September 2016, and will be engaged in counselling, providing practical assistance, training and scoping the extent of the effect of piracy and armed…
AMIT Amit * contacted SeafarerHelp to say that six months prior, the vessel which his brother was working on had sunk. The crew had been rescued by the local Port Authority and their P&I club had placed them in a hotel. The ship owner showed no sign of helping to repatriate the seafarers. It was then discovered that the ship had been carrying illegal weapons…
A United Nations summit on refugees and migrants has heard a special tribute to the Merchant Navy's vital role and risks to seafarers in rescuing survivors during dangerous sea migrations. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) special advisor on maritime security and facilitation Chris Trelawny told a round table meeting at the UN summit, that: 'IMO member states recognise that using the search and rescue systems…
Since 2011, Oceans Beyond Piracy has convened Working Group meetings for maritime stakeholders and experts to share information and discuss challenges and opportunities regarding how to address maritime piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Guinea. These meetings are always held under the Chatham House Rule in order to facilitate and encourage a frank and open exchange of views.In anticipation of…