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SeafarerHelp is the 24 hour multilingual helpline for seafarers run by the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). 2015 was a busy year for the SeafarerHelp team, with a 17% increase in the number of cases compared to 2014. Cases and seafarers helped have tripled since 2011, as seafarers have become more aware of the support we can provide. With ten team members speaking…
11 Indian seafarers have recently returned from jail in Nigeria, having been released without charge. SeafarerHelp and ISWAN have been in touch with them and their families, through the National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria and following a visit of the Sailors Society chaplain while they were in jail. On their return to India, the crew related the following tale. Their ship, the tanker Maro,…
ISWAN asked to hear from women seafarers about their experiences. Female seafarers make up 2% of seafarers worldwide, and sometimes have the challenging task of dealing with gender stereotypes as well as the demanding life on board . We asked via Facebook and Twitter for stories, and Panagiota kindly agreed to tell us hers. If you want to be featured, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to…
ISWAN asked to hear from women seafarers about their experiences. Female seafarers make up 2% of seafarers worldwide, and sometimes have the challenging task of dealing with gender stereotypes as well as the demanding life on board . We asked via Facebook and Twitter for stories, and Katerina kindly agreed to tell us hers. If you want to be featured, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to…
One of our team members working in Manila had a last minute opportunity to speak about and promote ISWAN's work and Seafarer Help at Luneta Seafarers' Welfare Foundation (LUSWELF) last week.A legal lecture by Atty Dennis Gorecho was due to take place, and the lawyer generously offered our Manila representative Jun Pablo the use of the PA system to promote ISWAN after the lecture. Our…
(Guidelines from the ICWTWU and ICWTWU/FIT-CISL seminar, Venice, May 2015) The reason for 80% of accidents on vessels is caused by human error which is often a result of fatigue.To help overcome fatigue the following ideas may prove helpful and are recommended: 1. To fulfill the requirements of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, in particular Regulations 2-4 relating to the terms of employment, accommodation,…
Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a program of the One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation focused on reducing violence at sea, has released a new report titled "After the Release: The Long‐term Impact of Piracy on Seafarers and Their Families." OEF's Research Director Conor Seyle, Ph.D. delivered a main stage presentation exploring the findings of this multi‐year research project at the ISWAN International Day of the Seafarer…
ISWAN held a successful event on Saturday 25 June at the SMX Convention Center in Manila to mark the IMO Day of the Seafarer. The event was attended by over 2,500 seafarers, maritime cadets, and their families. The IMO Secretary-General, Mr Kitack Lim, attended and spoke the event. Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, said "It was an amazing day. The event surpassed all our expectations.…
ISWAN has entered into partnership with their newest member - The Shipowners' Club - the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector. As a partner, the Club will contribute towards ISWAN's Seafarers Health Information Project (SHIP), an initiative that promotes and distributes health information materials to shipping companies, seafarers' centres, and direct to seafarers. The project consists of 10 core health considerations:…
The winners of ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24th June at a high-profile ceremony held in Manila, the Philippines. The ceremony forms part of ISWAN's celebrations in the Philippines for the IMO Day of the Seafarer. The awards were presented by IMO Secretary General Mr Kitack Lim to seven recipients who have provided exceptional services for the welfare and wellbeing of…