In 2014 Futurenautics Research undertook the largest and most comprehensive survey of the provision, requirement for and usage of crew communications systems in the maritime industry.

The huge success of the research project, with almost 3,000 respondents from more than 30 countries, and the very high level of interest from all sides of the maritime industry has meant that Futurenautics Research are undertaking a follow-up survey.

The survey is a concise but in-depth multiple choice online for serving seafarers only. As in 2014 the full dataset and analysis will be published in a report that will be available free for digital download.

We believe that the publication of the full research findings will benefit seafarers and the wider industry by giving a full picture of the current connectivity facilities provided at sea, allowing companies and seagoing staff to benchmark provision by sector and across the industry.

We are encouraging all seafarers to particpate in the survey - please click on the following link:


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The 2015 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards – showcasing excellence in the provision of seafarers' welfare - will take place on 9th June at the International Maritime Organisation in London.

The shortlists for the awards have been announced by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN):

Shipping Company of the Year (sponsored by Garrets): AET Ship Management, Anglo Eastern Ship Management, Eidesvik, Hamburg SUD, JO TANKERS and Stolt Tankers

Port of the Year: Brunsbuttel Ports (Germany), Halifax (Canada), South Carolina Ports Authority (USA), Port of Sydney and Botany (Australia) and Ulsan Port (Korea)

Seafarer Centre of the Year (sponsored by Wrist Ship Supply): Seafarers' Center of Beaumont (USA), Seafarer Centre Bremerhaven (Germany), Duckdalben International Seamen's Club (Germany), MtS Newcastle (Australia) and Odessa Seamen's Home (Ukraine)

The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year (sponsored by the International Chamber of Shipping):
Individuals: Chirag Bahri (India), Joseph Chacko (India), Sharon Emerson (USA), Maike Puchert (Germany) and Gary South (Australia)
Organisations: Associated Marine Officers and Seamen's Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP),
Hunterlink Recovery Services (Australia), National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) and Trinity House (UK)

The Seafarer Centre of the Year, Port of The Year and Shipping Company of the Year were all nominated directly by seafarers. The award for the Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year is nominated by seafarers, welfare organisations or self-nominated.

This year the Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year has been split into two categories – one for individuals and one for organisations. The award is named after Dr Dierk Lindemann who was instrumental in the adoption of the MLC in 2006 serving as Managing Director of the German Ship owners' Association and Ship owners' Group Spokesperson at the ILO.

The winners will be announced at a high profile awards ceremony hosted by the International Maritime Organisation in London on 9th June 2015. The Secretary General of the IMO, Mr Koji Sekimizu, will present the awards.

Roger Harris, ISWAN Executive Director, said: "These awards are about celebrating the work of those companies, organisations, and individuals that go the extra mile to ensure the health and well-being of seafarers. We are honoured to be holding the awards event at the International Maritime Organisation in June."

The judging panel for the awards is Mr Masamichi Morooka President of the International Shipping Federation and International Chamber of Shipping; Steve Cotton General Secretary the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF); Fr Bruno Ciceri, Chairman of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) and Rose George, author of the award winning 'Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything'.

The Awards are generously funded by the ITF Seafarers' Trust and the headline sponsor is Inmarsat. The awards' media sponsor is Crewtoo.

Further information about the awards can be found at

Capt. Joshua Bhatt and the crew of the CS Caprice, a ship of the Campbell Shipping Company Ltd, based in the Bahamas, was called upon in October to rescue 510 migrants and bring them to safety in Italy. The CS Caprice story highlights the plight of hundreds of thousands of migrants, but also the humanity and kindness of seafarers who under significant and challenging conditions respond to this crisis every day.

The Seafarers' Trust provided core funding for the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) launched in September 2011 when maritime piracy was at its peak, with many seafarers subjected to serious attacks by pirates and armed robbers.

Trust funding enabled the MPHRP to make a significant contribution to the welfare support of seafarers, and their families caught up in and affected by such attacks. In addition, the MPHRP has achieved considerable recognition in the industry and contributed to the higher focus on harm to seafarers arising from acts of piracy.

The Seafarers' Trust funding for core operations was for three years and ends in March 2015.

Although there has been a significant reduction in piracy incidents, more particularly those emanating from Somalia, the Trust has determined it would be wrong for the wealth of experience built up by the MPHRP to be lost by the ending of the programme. Acts of piracy remain in different regions at a level that need to be addressed.

The Seafarers' Trust has decided to provide new funding to the MPHRP. The Trust believes that with the drop off of incidents emanating from Somalia the Programme will need to refocus its work. The Trust also wishes the MPHRP to develop plans to become part of an existing charitable structure, such as ISWAN, by the end of 2015.

David Heindel, chair of the trustees of the Seafarers' Trust, commented: "The MPHRP has done some good work for the benefit of seafarers and their families who have experienced considerable trauma. While Seafarers' Trust funding was for a finite three years, the trustees believe that the MRHRP deserves the opportunity to continue its good work despite the sharp reduction in piracy incidents since 2011. However, we feel the time is right for the Programme to move under the umbrella of an existing, established charity by the end of the year, and the continued support of the Trust and the new funding is to encourage this. We believe being within an existing charity, such as ISWAN, the MPHRP humanitarian response work will be capable of being continued in the long term."

Kimberly Karlshoej, head of the Seafarers' Trust, commented: "Although the numbers of seafarers being held hostage for long periods of time has fallen, the psychological and physical trauma of seafarers affected by piracy is still a reality. The Trust will continue to ensure the health and welfare of seafarers are prioritised by keeping MPHRP's knowledge and framework in place for the seafarers and their families to receive assistance where and when it is needed."

Inmarsat, the leading industry and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, has become one of the main sponsors of the 2015 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards. The Awards - now in their 5th year - were launched in November and have attracted hundreds of nominations from seafarers. Inmarsat are present in more than 60 locations across every continent with a large customer base including merchant shipping, governments and humanitarian aid agencies amongst many others.

Guy Sear, VP of Safety and Regulatory Services at Inmarsat said "Inmarsat has always been at the forefront of seafarer safety and welfare and now more than ever, crew welfare and access to reliable communications is no longer a choice but a necessity to keep in touch with families ashore. It is our pleasure to sponsor these awards and continue to support those who make such a difference to improving the quality of life for crew at sea."

Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN said "We are delighted to have Inmarsat as one of the main sponsors of the awards. Communications at sea and in port are the number one welfare concern of seafarers around the world."

The other main sponsor is the ITF Seafarers Trust, who provide a generous grant for the awards.

This year's award categories are Shipping Company of the Year (sponsored by Garrets), Seafarer Centre of the Year (sponsored by Wrist Ship Supply), Port of the Year and the Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year (sponsored by the International Chamber of Shipping). The awards will be presented by Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation during a high profile event at the IMO in London on 9th June 2015.

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The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation), a member of ISWAN, has submitted a deposition to the US Coast Guard's consultation on seafarers' access to maritime facilities – the Notice of Proposed Rule Making. The submission supports the USCG's efforts to improve the shore leave/access situation for seafarers while upholding the nation's security needs.
Submissions have been made from across the industry, including from the AMO, MM&P, MEBA and SIU trade unions, the Chamber of Shipping of America and the seafarers' welfare organisations.

In the ITF submission, ITF seafarers' section chair and SIU (Seafarers International Union) secretary-treasurer Dave Heindel states:

The ITF applauds the Coast Guard's current regulatory effort in promulgating this long overdue and imperative proposed rule which will require each owner or operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard to implement a system that provides seafarers and other individuals with access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individuals. For too long, seafarers, especially non-U.S. crews, have been denied or restricted access to shore leave. Although we certainly acknowledge and fully support the need for port security, denial of unimpeded and unduly restrictive access for seafarers to maritime facilities has not only proved detrimental to the health and emotional security of the mariner and diminished their quality of life, but may have in many instances hampered continued efficient vessel operations and the maritime transportation system itself.

As a non-governmental organization to the International Maritime Organization, the ITF fully participated in deliberations that drafted the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS) initiated by the United States after the unimaginable and horrific September 11, 2001 terrorist attack against American citizens on American soil. Support for the Code was overwhelming in the realization that the security of all nations was vulnerable. As a result, the 2002 Code forms the basis for the current port and vessel security system worldwide. Notwithstanding the overall security benefits of the ISPS Code, the security regime has over the years created a number of problems for the merchant mariner – one which is the subject of this proposed rule.

The submission goes on to note that ISPS implementation has not been consistent across the US:

For example, current regulations (33 CFR 105.200(b)(9)) require facility owners to "coordinate" shore leave for vessel personnel. In our view, the use of the word "coordinate" does not accurately reflect provisions of the ISPS Code which requires facility owners and operators to "facilitate" shore leave for merchant mariners. The current phraseology changed the intent of the ISPS Code herein and created a non-conformity or loophole which permits port facilities to avoid their obligations to seafarers and vessels in a security regime. The proposed rule amends the current rule by changing the words "coordination of a system" to "implementation of a system." The ITF recommends current 33 CFR 105.200(b)(9) be amended to reflect concise language found in the ISPS Code, i.e., facilitation of a system. Ensuring facilitation will, in our view, effectively close this significant loophole in implementing the intent of the ISPS Code.

After reviewing the recent history of shore leave post 2001, the submission goes on to say:

This historical perspective leads the ITF to commend the Coast Guard in this current regulatory effort and notes that the proposed rule addresses many of the concerns of the national and international maritime seafaring community. The ITF has been engaged in the access to shore leave issue since 2001 and is pleased that the Coast Guard has responded favorably to the concerns of the seafarer. We are pleased to support the tenets of the proposed rule with certain clarifications and modifications. Several clarifications have been suggested heretofore in the earlier portion of these comments. With several further changes to the proposed rule, we believe that an equitable balance will be struck between maritime security and the human dignity of seafarers.

The ITF recently welcomed the progress made at the ILO on the issue of shore leave and seafarers' identity documents.

Our colleagues at the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have asked us to help with a survey they are conducting on HIV, health and well-being for seafarers. The purpose of this survey is to help the ITF and all seafarer affiliates/unions understand the impact of HIV/AIDS on seafarers, as well as thier needs concerning this and other health issues.

If you are a seafarer can you please complete the surevy.

The survey asks questions about knowledge, attitudes and behaviour concerning HIV/AIDS and other health risks.

It is completely anonymous and confidential – you will not be asked to give your name or other contact details during any part of this survey.

It should not take more than 15 minutes to fill up the form online.

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ISWAN is pleased to announce that the judging panel for this year's awards will be Mr Masamichi Morooka President of the International Chamber of Shipping, Mr Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation, Fr Bruno Ciceri, Chair of the International Christian Maritime Association and Ms Rose George, author of the award winning Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything.

Executive Director, Roger Harris said "We are delighted that we have leading figures in the maritime world as judges for the awards. The awards have attracted widespread interest this year and we have a large number of entries in each category."

The judges will be deciding on winners for the following categories: Shipping Company of the Year (sponsored by Garrets International), Seafarer Centre of the Year (sponsored by Wrist Ship Supply), Port of the Year and the Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year (sponsored by the International Chamber of Shipping). The awards will be presented by Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation during a high profile event at the IMO in London on 9th June 2015.

The awards are funded by a generous grant from the ITF Seafarers Trust and the main sponsor is Inmarsat Maritime.

See the awards website at

Persons who provide welfare services to seafarers in European ports please note: The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme is delivering training for welfare responses to piracy and other violent maritime crime.

The next course will be held on 14th and 15th April in Hamburg, Germany. For more information on how to join the course, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to Contact Us on our website

The course is aimed at chaplains, union officials and human resources departments at shipping companies. The course will contain up to date information on maritime piracy and will offer guidance on how best to support seafarers and families affected by piracy.

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Euro-MT-logoEuropean Manning & Training Conference 28 to 29 April 2015

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

3 days of interactive and informative sessions from 30+ speakers, 120+ attendees, 25+ countries

Training and retaining competent seafarers to crew tomorrow's fleet

• European crewing news bulletin
• STCW feedback forum
• Generation Y strategy lab
• MLC task force panel
• STCW training and competency management workshop, 30 April 2015

50% discount for Shipowners. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

For more information and to receive a 20% discount, quote VIP code: FKT2768ISWB

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