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Access to shore-based welfare facilities is a key component of the wider welfare strategy under Regulation 4.4 of the MLC. Surveys conducted by the ITF Seafarers' Trust and other maritime funding and welfare organisations reveal that access to a reliable internet connection is a key welfare priority and concern for seafarers. In response to this demand, the Seafarers’ Trust has busily been developing an adaptable…
The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) held a seminar on the health of seafarers at the Danish Shipowners’ Association in Copenhagen on 10th November. A number of speakers from across the shipping industry were invited to present on subjects related to protecting the health and wellbeing of seafarers. Attendees represented shipping companies, P&I clubs, government organisations, unions, and welfare organisations. Presentations focused on…
ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp provides a free, confidential helpline service to seafarers and their families all over the world. With a multilingual team and 24-hour assistance year-round, the service helped nearly 10,000 seafarers of 86 different nationalities last year. ISWAN has just launched a new website for SeafarerHelp that is designed to reach even more seafarers. The new website, which can be viewed in nine different languages,…
Saturday October 22, 2016 – the date of release for the 26 hostages of the Naham 3, who had been captured by pirates four and a half years ago. Many of the seafarers had not seen their families for five years, and three of the original captives had died, one killed by pirates, the other two from disease. The inhuman actions of a pirate gang…
There was much rejoicing at the release of the 26 seafarers from the Naham 3, having spent four and a half years in captivity in Somalia. Five of them returned to the Philippines on 28 October, to their families and friends who had never given up hope of seeing them again.Jun Pablo, of MPHRP Philippines, has been supporting the families for the last four years.…
On the night of Sunday 30 October the four Cambodian hostages from the Naham 3 returned to Phnom Penh after four and a half years of captivity in Somalia, having been captured by pirates in Seychelles waters in March 2012. They were met on their journey home by Apinya Tajit, the MPHRP welfare responder based in Thailand, and by Tek Sopheak of Caritas when they…
Article explores the impact of connectivity on seafarer mental health Last September, ISWAN published an article by Dr Olivia Swift exploring the meaning of social isolation amongst seafarers and the practical measures to address its effects on their mental health. Dr Olivia Swift’s latest article with Dr Rikke Jensen, Digital technology and seafarers' mental wellbeing, uses existing research to investigate how connectivity and social media…
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…