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Calling All Seafarers to Nominate the Best in Seafarers' Welfare ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards recognise the best in shipping when it comes to looking after people at sea. This year, with support from some of the biggest names in the industry, the awards are set to be better than ever, but it all starts with the nominations. This is the chance for seafarers to…
13th September 2017 ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp, a free, confidential, 24/7 helpline which supports thousands of seafarers every year, was named ‘Shoreside Team of the Year’ at last night’s 2017 Safety at Sea Awards, held during London International Shipping Week. Members of ISWAN and the SeafarerHelp team joined a host of representatives from the shipping industry at last night’s ceremony, which took place at the Sheraton Grand…
In the face of tough shipping markets and dogged by mental and physical health concerns, worries about pay, careers and abandonment, more seafarers than ever before have been turning to SeafarerHelp for assistance and support. According to the newly released 2016 annual report from the free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, there are serious problems facing those at sea, and seafarers desperately…
The Royal Parks Half Marathon celebrates its 10th birthday this year and ISWAN is delighted that six supporters will be running on Sunday 8th October to raise money for our organisation. Our marathon runners this year are: Emily Richmond, Hetty Pugh and Steven Williams – International Registries (The Marshall Islands Registry), London office James Lawson and Jessica Swallow – The Shipowners’ Club Garry Strickland – Sharpness…
The International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) will officially launch its highly acclaimed International Port Welfare Partnership (IPWP) programme during London’s International Shipping Week. The launch will take place at a formal Business Breakfast in the historic setting of Trinity House from 08:00 to 10:00 on Wednesday 13 September 2017. The IPWP programme is based on a small but highly impressive pilot project that ended…
SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Seafarers concerned about health issues and how these affect their work can speak confidentially to a member of the SeafarerHelp team who will help in any way they can. In July 2016, SeafarerHelp was contacted by a Filipino seafarer who had injured his arm…
By Ekaterina Ustinovskaya SeafarerHelp team members regularly visit ships in different UK ports as a part of their job and training. Meeting seafarers face-to-face and talking to them directly is a very special opportunity for us as they normally contact SeafarerHelp by e-mail, live chat, Facebook, WhatsApp, telephone, SMS text or Skype. Here is the story of one of our recent port visits. SeafarerHelp helpline…
There is so much talk today about unmanned and autonomous ships, but they are still a long way off. However, for now and the foreseeable future seafarers are still going to be necessary for safe shipping. While there are different challenges for the future of seafaring, there are issues today which need addressing. One of the most pressing is how to make sure enough is…
Kimberly Karlshoej, head of the ITF’s (International Transport Workers’ Federation) charity arm, the ITF Seafarers Trust, is to step down from her post and take on a consultancy role there. ITF general secretary Steve Cotton commented: 'Kimberly came to the Trust at the end of 2014, after having worked for a number of years as director and programme officer of the TK Foundation and as…
SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When seafarers who have been abandoned contact the helpline, the SeafarerHelp team can provide support and assistance. Last July, six crew members from India and Pakistan contacted SeafarerHelp with multiple serious issues. The Captain and the Chief Officer had absconded from their ship in…
The UN Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) held its 20th Plenary session from 5th - 7th July 2017 in Mauritius. ISWAN attended the important meeting of stakeholders from across the globe and took part in various discussions especially on issues of welfare provisions for seafarers and their families hijacked by Somali pirates. ISWAN’s South Asia representative, Mr Chirag Bahri, briefed…