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19 June 2018 Ship visiting season has arrived this year for the ISWAN and SeafarerHelp team, starting with a trip to the Port of Tilbury earlier this month. Two of our team members were greeted by Deutsche Seemannsmission Port Chaplain Mark Möller, part of an ecumenical team of chaplains at London Tilbury Seafarers’ Centre. Mark showed our team members around the centre, which is managed…
18 June 2018 Members of ISWAN India’s Programme Steering Group met in Mumbai on 7 June to discuss the programme’s latest activities to promote the welfare of Indian seafarers and their families. The meeting was chaired by ISWAN Trustee Michael Pinto, Former Secretary at the Directorate General of Shipping, Government of India (DGS). ISWAN Trustees Deepak Shetty and Dr Suresh Idnani attended, along with senior…
15 June 2018 Our series of Good Mental Health Guides for Seafarers has been shortlisted in the Best Crew Welfare Programme/Campaign category of the Safety at Sea Awards 2018. Safety at Sea has a long history of promoting safe and secure work practices within the commercial shipping industry. A new category for 2018, Best Crew Welfare Programme/Campaign recognises innovative and original developments that have the…
7 June 2018 We have joined forces with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to launch a photo competition in celebration of Day of the Seafarer. Seafarers are invited to submit their best photographs showing a typical day at sea, whether at work, rest or play. The theme of this year’s Day of the Seafarer on 25 June is ‘Seafarers’ Wellbeing’, so photos should reflect the…
Numbering over 1.6 million, seafarers make up a maritime workforce which is largely invisible to the general public, despite transporting 90% of the world’s goods. When tragic incidents involving loss of life take place at sea, they may be reported in the media but the ordeal suffered by the crew involved is not always fully understood. In October 2017, bulk carrier Emerald Star was transporting…
6 June 2018 Last month, ISWAN joined the GOLD Foundation and AMOSUP in Manila to stage the kick-start forum of ‘Kumusta, Kabaro?’: A Mental Health Awareness Campaign for Seafarers and their Families. Around 170 participants from 24 maritime institutions attended the event, which focused on delivering Hope, Awareness and Prevention and aimed to invite potential partners to support the cause. The forum was organised by…
23 May 2018 A new approach is needed to combat maritime threats, says One Earth Future in its latest report. Piracy events off the Horn of Africa doubled last year compared to the year before indicating that Somali criminal networks are still capable of sophisticated attacks. Overall incidents in the Latin America and Caribbean region increased by 160%, indicating the opportunistic nature of actors in…
22 May 2018 NIVA Education is running a course aimed at health care professionals and related staff working within shipping companies, P&I clubs, in the medical selection of seafarers, as providers of remote medical assistance services and in port health clinics. Medical emergencies aboard ships at sea pose a continuing risk to the life and health of seafarers. They also have adverse financial and operational…
Although ISWAN’s main office is based in South London, we operate beyond the UK to help seafarers around the world. We have representatives working in the Philippines, India and Nigeria under our Regional Programme. When seven Bangladeshi seafarers were forcefully removed from their vessel and abandoned without pay, our Regional Representative in Nigeria was there to assist and support them. Despite being on six-month contracts,…
18 May 2018 The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Transport Authority (FTA) have signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding to work together to protect the rights of all seafarers operating in UAE waters. On signing the memorandum at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said: 'We at the ITF are committed to…
16 May 2018 On 15 May 2018, the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which Taiwan will donate another USD 30,000 to the Piracy Survivor Family Fund (PSFF), administered by ISWAN, on behalf of the UN Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS). The Memorandum…