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15 January 2018 Jakir Hossain, a young cadet from Bangladesh, was captured by Somali pirates on MV Albedo in 2010 and spent almost four long, traumatic years in captivity. He was released in June 2014 and finally the enormous stress and anxiety he and his family suffered have come to a promising end. ISWAN previously published Jakir’s story (which can be found here) following his…
12 January 2018 A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report. This is the lowest annual number of incidents since 1995, when 188 reports were received. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels…
20th December 2017 ISWAN’s Steps to Positive Mental Health for seafarers is now available in four additional languages and two infographics produced using extracts from the guide. Steps to Positive Mental Health has been produced by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr. Pennie Blackburn with support from Shipowners’ Club. It contains skills, exercises and coping strategies to help seafarers deal with their emotions when they are experiencing…
18th December 2017 ISWAN’s free, multilingual 24/7 helpline for seafarers, SeafarerHelp, has been accredited with the Helplines Standard by Helplines Partnership. The Helplines Standard is a nationally recognised quality standard which defines and accredits best practice in helpline work. SeafarerHelp is the first helpline operating on a global basis to achieve this accreditation. SeafarerHelp offers a confidential service to seafarers contacting from anywhere in the…
Working away from loved ones for long periods of time can be a lonely and isolating experience for seafarers, who can find themselves missing out on so much while they’re away. SeafarerHelp was contacted by a seafarer who had tragically lost his wife while he was on board and wanted to share his experience with us. Unfortunately he also recently lost his mother but was…
13th December 2017 ISWAN is delighted to announce the judges who will decide which nominees will be honoured for their excellent seafarers’ welfare provision at its International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards next year. Each of the four awards categories will be judged by an esteemed panel of representatives from across the maritime industry. The panels are as follows: Port of the YearPradeep Chawla – Managing Director,…
On 29th November 2017, 70 representatives from across the maritime industry gathered in Rotterdam with the common goal of exploring how to provide seafarers with the highest standard of port-based services and facilities. ISWAN’s Seminar on Ports and Seafarers’ Welfare, sponsored by the International Port Welfare Partnership Programme (IPWP), began with a welcome from ISWAN Trustee Andy Winbow, acting as the Chairman for the day’s…
A new self-help guide has been launched by ISWAN as part of its series of Good Mental Health Guides for seafarers. Psychological Wellbeing at Sea provides seafarers with guidance on how best to enhance their wellbeing despite many of the challenges of life at sea. This new guide brings together evidence from the field of Positive Psychology to help seafarers recognise critical elements of their…
ISWAN’s Jun Pablo joined an aerial search last week for the missing crew of the Emerald Star, which sunk off the Philippines last month. The Emerald Star, which was carrying nickel ore from Indonesia to China with a crew of 26 Indian seafarers, sunk in the Philippines Sea in the early hours of the 13th October 2017. 16 crew members were rescued but 10 remain…
3rd November 2017 The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has launched a new version of its Shore Leave app for seafarers, with features designed to encourage seafarers to visit their local seafarer centres and have more fun using the app. One new feature enables seafarers to enter a raffle each time they visit a seafarers’ centre, which has a QR code specific to the centre or location.…