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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…
The news of Hanjin's recent bankruptcy has raised concerns among welfare organisations and unions about the company's 2500 seafarers who could run out of food, fuel and other essentials. Recent reports state that there are around 85 vessels which are currently stranded off 50 ports in 26 countries. Reports indicate that arrangements are in place to resupply all vessels with vital provisions, but ISWAN is…
The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is holding a seminar on seafarers' health, in collaboration with the Danish Seafarers' Service, to look at the most prevalent health issues affecting seafarers, and to explore how organisations can work together to reduce ill health on board. The event is supported by Shipowners' P&I Club - the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist…
Our SeafarerHelp Team are trained to deal with a variety of cases calmly and effectively. Sometimes they deal with the case themselves and other times they will refer it to other organisations to assist. The cases the team deal with can vary from simple requests for information, wages issues, repatriation, emotional problems, or issues such as a health problems or a death on board. In…
The Seafarers Hospital Society has joined forces with Big White Wall to fund a new online mental health and wellbeing service for serving merchant seafarers. Launched on 1st June 2016, the new service is open to all UK- based merchant navy personnel. It's free, safe, supportive and anonymous, and is available 24/7 via an online portal. It includes information, self-help resources, a supportive community, and one-to-one help from trained counsellors. Launching…
Nautilus International has published updated guidance to members on their maternity, paternity and parental rights as seafarers. The revisions expand previous advice on a wide range of issues relating to maternity, paternity and parental rights, and reflect associated increased statutory payments. They also provide practical guidance on the special considerations that must be given to new or expectant mothers who work at night, and actions…
Two introductory events were organised in Malaysia in the week of 22nd August 2016. ISWAN / MPHRP participated in awareness sessions which were hosted by IKMAL (the Marine Department of the Government of Malaysia, association of professionals), MYMET (Maritime Educational Training Institute Association) and Johor Port Authority. Training was opened in Port Klang on 23rd August by IKMAL president Dato' Abdul Jamil b. Murshid. Dato'…
The International Transport Workers' Federation has pledged solidarity with Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw – its Dutch affiliate – in its fights to stop maritime and energy giant Boskalis sacking skilled seafarers and downgrading the quality of jobs.30/08/2016The company plans to cut 650 jobs worldwide, including 150 in the Netherlands, and scrap 24 ships despite making EUR440 million profit in 2015 and EUR148 million in the first…