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13 April 2018 This month, the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) celebrates five years of supporting seafarers and promoting their welfare worldwide. On 1 April 2013, the International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare (ICSW) and the International Seafarers' Assistance Network (ISAN) formally merged to form ISWAN. Five years later, ISWAN marked the anniversary with a celebratory drinks reception in London. ISWAN members, supporters and…
11 April 2018 A surge in armed attacks against ships around West Africa is pushing up global levels of piracy and armed robbery at sea, warns the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 66 incidents in the first quarter of 2018, up from 43 for the same period in 2017, and 37 in Q1 2016. Worldwide in…
9 April 2018 Later this month, ISWAN’s Executive Director Roger Harris will present on the mental health of seafarers at a seminar on ‘The Future of Maritime Professionals’. Regulations, enforcement of Conventions, technology, connectivity, social isolation and mental health all have an effect on today’s seafarer. The seminar, organised by The Nautical Institute London Branch, will focus on these topics and how they affect the future…
ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Imagine that a member of your family is working away at sea. Now imagine finding out that they have been arrested with the rest of the crew. They are in prison in a different country and you have no way of communicating with…
28 March 2018 The Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report, sponsored by KVH Industries and Intelsat, shows digital transformation underway in the maritime industry. Roger Adamson, Futurenautics Maritime’s chief executive officer, presented to a London audience yesterday the key findings from his research organisation’s newly released Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report, sponsored by KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI) and Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I). The report is…
Meet Ricardo Javier Finol Soto! Ricardo is an Ordinary Seaman from Venezuela in his first year as a seafarer and is studying for a master’s degree in his spare time. His crew is like his family and he teaches them English on board. We chatted to Ricardo about life as a seafarer. What is your job on board and what does it involve? Actually I…
20 March 2018 The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network’s (ISWAN) free, confidential helpline for seafarers is now available on instant messaging app Viber. In 2017, ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp assisted 8,862 seafarers of 92 different nationalities with concerns such as family issues, personal problems, unpaid wages, repatriation and health issues. ISWAN is keen to make it as easy as possible for seafarers and their families around…
15 March 2018 ISWAN has produced four new infographics, in partnership with the Shipowner’s Club, using extracts from its latest self-help guide for seafarers, Psychological Wellbeing at Sea. Psychological wellbeing enables us to function well, feel good about ourselves, and feel a sense of purpose and life satisfaction. With restrictions to wellbeing such as spending time away from family and friends, limited shore leave and…
8 March 2018 Today is International Women’s Day and we are celebrating all the women who work as seafarers, making up 2% of the workforce. One of our SeafarerHelp team’s Russian speakers recently interviewed Ekaterina, a third officer from Ukraine, about her experience of being a woman seafarer. How did you get into the marine profession? In high school I had to decide which university…
28 February 2018 With the public ballots now closed, the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is offering a limited number of places on its teams in two of this year’s most exciting fundraising events. For those fancying a challenging day in the saddle, ISWAN has five places in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 29 July 2018. The 100-mile route was made famous…