16th February 2017

InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, together with The Warsash Maritime Academy, recently presented the results of its fatigue study, Project MARTHA, to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The report highlights growing levels of both physical and mental fatigue in seafarers, particularly amongst Masters and Watch Keepers.

According to the report, results indicate that as voyage length increases, fatigue and stress increase and motivation decreases. This has not only safety implications on board due to poorer performance, but also long-term physical and mental health effects on the seafarer. These results are timely considering the subject of mental health and wellbeing amongst seafarers being particularly topical.

Speaking at the presentation last month, InterManager’s Secretary-General Capt Kuba Szymanski urged the maritime industry to take notice of the findings as the industry recruits aspiring seafarers. Addressing IMO delegates and invited guests, Capt Syzmanski said: ‘Our people are our assets and we need to develop a strategy whereby shipping is once again seen as a career of choice for tomorrow’s young talented people.

‘There is no avoiding the fact that the global fleet is increasing and more manpower is needed. However, we are demanding more from current seafarers rather than recruiting even more cadets into the market. Attracting new seafarers and retaining them will test the industry, but we cannot ignore these findings in making the industry an attractive place for aspiring seafarers.’

The full report can be downloaded here.

7th February 2017

ISWAN and fellow welfare organisations met with Maritime Industry Authority Administrator Marcial Amaro III in the Philippines yesterday to discuss new welfare provisions for seafarers.

Organisations including Sailors' Society, Mission to Seafarers Family Network and Apostleship of the Sea – Manila joined ISWAN in meeting with the administrator, who expressed his support for the new welfare project, to be called ‘MARINA Seafarers Welfare Service’.

The project was drafted into the Memorandum of Agreement in order to formalise it, and will officially open next week.

Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, said: “This is an important initiative that will improve seafarers’ welfare in the Philippines. We are grateful to MARINA and the other partners for setting up this new key service that will benefit seafarers and their families”.

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7th February 2017

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has released the main findings of its Port-Based Welfare Services Survey 2016, in which a total of 957 seafarers took part.

Access to shore-based welfare facilities is a key component under the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (Regulation 4.4). The objectives of the survey included to document the frequency of service use by seafarers and measure trends between 1996, 2006 and 2016 results. The survey also aimed to understand the importance, priorities and concerns of seafarers as to the provision of port-based welfare services, as well as any associations between respondents’ age, rank and type of ship.

The Summary Report summarises the survey’s findings along with the key conclusions drawn on internet access, access to shore leave, welfare workers and Seamen’s Clubs.

Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, said: “ISWAN welcomes this study which gives us valuable insight into the importance of port-based welfare services to seafarers. The results reaffirm the vital need for strong partnerships across the shipping industry to ensure the highest quality services for seafarers in port. This is a key aim of ISWAN’s International Port Welfare Partnership Programme (IPWP) which will be formally launched in September 2017.

This Survey from the Seafarers’ Trust and a recent study on Port Levies systems in North America by NAMMA help to show the areas which need most attention from projects such as the IPWP.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

This document, compiled in 2015, provides listings of organisations that are, in varying ways, involved with piracy-response. Some of these organisations are able to provide financial, health, welfare and other forms of assistance to seafarers and their families who have been affected by piracy. Other organisations listed are active ʻbehind the scenesʼ – monitoring piracy, advocating on behalf of piracy victims, advancing shipping companiesʼ ʻbest practiceʼ, and so on. The listings are intended to be a resource for seafarers and their families, whether looking for help or wanting to know more about maritime piracy. The listings may also be of interest to seafarer welfare organisations, shipping companies, trade unions, governments, and others.

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UK Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB)

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