2017 Seminar on Ports and Seafarers’ Welfare

ISWAN’s latest seminar will take place in Rotterdam on Wednesday 29th November 2017 and is open to organisations and individuals concerned with providing seafarers with the highest standard of port-based services and facilities. It will be a full day event held at the Thon Hotel in Central Rotterdam from 09:00 to 16:00.

Time in port can be welcome respite for seafarers who have been at sea for long periods of time, but access to welfare services – such as free WiFi and transport – isn’t always straightforward. The day long event will explore some of the common challenges seafarers face in port and will look at effective strategies to overcome them. The event aims to highlight best practice from ports, shipping companies, and welfare workers, and to emphasise the importance of cooperation in protecting the welfare of seafarers in port.

Topics to be explored on the day include developments to shore-based services for seafarers and their access to healthcare and information in ports, as well as the challenges for port-based seafarers’ welfare. In line with ISWAN’s International Port Welfare Partnership Programme (IPWP), the seminar will also consider Port Welfare Committees, and discuss challenges to funding the future of seafarers’ welfare.

Presentations and speakers will include:

MLC 4 Years On: Developments in Seafarers’ Access to Shore Based Services

  • Future of Seafarers Centres and Unmanned Centres – Kimberly Karlshoej, Consultant to the ITF Seafarers' Trust
  • Funding the Future of Seafarer Centres: Case Studies from North America – Jason Zuidema, Executive Director, NAMMA
  • Financial Support for Seafarers – Stuart Ostrow, President, Ship Money
  • Port Levies: A Case Study from the Port of Bremerhaven – Dr. Iven Kraemer, Head of Department for Port Economy and Shipping, Ministry for Economy, Labour and Ports of Bremen and Werner Gerke, Port Chaplain of Deutsche Seemannsmission Bremerhaven
  • Engaging All Partners: International Port Welfare Partnership Project – Sharon Coveney, Deputy Director, MNWB

Protecting the Wellbeing of Seafarers in Port

  • Seafarers' Access to Healthcare in Ports – Jan Oltmanns, Director, International Seamen's Club DUCKDALBEN
  • Challenges to Seafarers' Welfare in Cruise Ship Ports – Lena Dyring, Asst. Director, Cruise Operations, Norwegian Seafarers' Union
  • Access to Communication in Port – Caitlin Vaughan, Project Manager, ISWAN
  • A Case Study: The Port of Rotterdam – Ingrid Romers, Senior Advisor, Harbour Master Division

Supporting Seafarers in Port

  • The Impact of Migrant Rescue Missions – Fr Bruno Ciceri, Chairman, ICMA
  • Illegal Cargo and the Criminalisation of Seafarers – Speaker TBC
  • Bullying and Harassment – Toon van de Sande, Director, Spiritension

To register for this year’s Seminar, please click here.

The attendance fee will be £50 for members and £65 for non-members. For more information, please contact ISWAN’s Project Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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