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18 October 2018 ISWAN’s second self-help guide for seafarers, Psychological Wellbeing at Sea, is now available in five additional languages. The guide is the second in our series of three Good Mental Health Guides for Seafarers, which was shortlisted in the Best Crew Welfare Programme/Campaign category of the Safety at Sea Awards 2018. Using evidence from the field of Positive Psychology, Psychological Wellbeing at Sea…
17 October 2018 A new training package produced by KVH Videotel and ISWAN was introduced yesterday during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London. The package, ‘Seafarers’ Mental Health and Wellbeing’ will be available free of charge throughout the industry due to the critical importance of the topic. The programme was produced in association with ISWAN and comprises a short video, facilitator…
17 October 2018 Members of ISWAN India’s Programme Steering Group met in Mumbai on 27 September to strategise and discuss the programme’s latest work for the welfare of Indian seafarers and their families. Chaired by ISWAN Trustee Michael Pinto, the meeting was attended by fellow ISWAN Trustees Deepak Shetty and Dr Suresh Idnani along with representatives from: Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) Maritime Association of…
Our International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards give seafarers the chance to say thank you to the companies and organisations who have offered them high quality welfare services and facilities. In a series of interviews this month, we’re talking to the winners of 2018’s awards, which were presented at our ceremony in Geneva back in April. This week, we’re talking to Dave Ellis, Chairman/President of the Mission…
Our International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards give seafarers the chance to say thank you to the companies and organisations who have offered them high quality welfare services and facilities. In a series of interviews this month, we’re talking to the winners of 2018’s awards, which were presented at our ceremony in Geneva back in April. This week, we’re talking to Ingrid Romers from the Port of…
10 October 2018 Today is World Mental Health Day. Seafarers spend long periods away from their support networks back home, so when a seafarer is feeling low or experiencing worries, it can be isolating if there is no-one to talk to on board. ISWAN's SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The…
9 October 2018 Three ISWAN supporters will join 16,000 runners at the Royal Parks Half Marathon this weekend to raise funds for seafarers’ welfare. Our team is formed by Niels Snog and Rob Austin from ISWAN member Garrets and Garry Strickland from Sharpness Dock and Bristol Port Welfare Committee. They will gather in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday 14 October to run 13.1 miles on…
4 October 2018 Hundreds of seafarers entered their photos of daily life at sea into a competition celebrating Day of the Seafarer and the winners have now been chosen. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) theme for its Day of the Seafarer campaign this year focused on seafarers’ wellbeing, particularly their mental health. We partnered with the IMO to launch a photo competition as part of…
Our International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards give seafarers the chance to say thank you to the companies and organisations who have offered them high quality welfare services and facilities. In a series of interviews over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking to the winners of 2018’s awards, which were presented at our ceremony in Geneva back in April. This week, we’re talking to Kristen Beattie,…
Renato 'Jun' Pablo Jr - Regional Director, Philippines and South East Asia Our Regional Programme provides humanitarian support to seafarers and their families in three specific regions: South East Asia, South Asia and Nigeria. Meet our representative in the Philippines and South East Asia, Renato 'Jun' Pablo Jr... Tell us about yourself. I live in Las Pinas City in Metro Manila, Philippines and I’ve been…
Chirag Bahri - Regional Director, India and South Asia Our Regional Programme provides humanitarian support to seafarers and their families in three specific regions: South East Asia, South Asia and Nigeria. Meet our representative in India and South Asia, Chirag... Tell us about yourself. I sailed for almost 10 years at sea on different types of ships, starting as Junior Engineer and then clearing Chief…