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Communications at sea and in port are the number one welfare concern of seafarers around the world, with loneliness cited as their worst enemy. The issues facing today's seafarers were to the fore during the recent Seafarer's Welfare Conference, run in parallel with CMA 2015. The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) along with the International Seafarers' Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) brought international seafarers' welfare…
                             Three leading international seafarers' welfare organisations, the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA), the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), and the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), are today calling on EU governments to recognise the key role of seafarers in the rescue of migrants at sea. They have sent a…
Crewtoo, the leading social media platform for seafarers, has launched the Crewtoo Seafarers Happiness Index to monitor important benchmarks of seafarer satisfaction on a regular basis. The inaugural report shows a seafarer satisfaction level of 6.42 on a scale of 1 to 10 about key issues including general happiness, contact with family, shore leave, wage levels, food, fitness and health, training, interaction onboard, workload, and…
A survey released by the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) highlights the need for continuing work on HIV/AIDS and wellbeing among seafarers. Available here the report A broader vision of seafarer wellbeing: survey of ITF maritime affiliates on HIV/AIDS, health and wellbeing questioned 34 trade unions and 608 seafarers. The results may be surprising. Despite all the work that has gone into education about HIV/AIDS,…
The International Chamber of Shipping recently released the following statement on the crisis of migrants crossing the Mediterranean : The merchant shipping industry – which in the past 16 months participated in almost 1,000 migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean – welcomes the decision by EU leaders to triple resources of the Triton operation. The shipping sector similarly supports the commitment of EU Member States…
On June 25, we will celebrate the fifth Day of the Seafarer. This day was instituted by the International Maritime Organization to recognise the importance of seafarers for our world. The Day of the Seafarer provides a great opportunity to raise awareness about life at sea, but also engage and grow support for seafarers' welfare. For this year's day of the seafarer we are proposing…
In 2014 Futurenautics Research undertook the largest and most comprehensive survey of the provision, requirement for and usage of crew communications systems in the maritime industry. The huge success of the research project, with almost 3,000 respondents from more than 30 countries, and the very high level of interest from all sides of the maritime industry has meant that Futurenautics Research are undertaking a follow-up…
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The 2015 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards – showcasing excellence in the provision of seafarers' welfare - will take place on 9th June at the International Maritime Organisation in London. The shortlists for the awards have been announced by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN): Shipping Company of the Year (sponsored by Garrets): AET Ship Management, Anglo Eastern Ship Management, Eidesvik, Hamburg SUD, JO…
Capt. Joshua Bhatt and the crew of the CS Caprice, a ship of the Campbell Shipping Company Ltd, based in the Bahamas, was called upon in October to rescue 510 migrants and bring them to safety in Italy. The CS Caprice story highlights the plight of hundreds of thousands of migrants, but also the humanity and kindness of seafarers who under significant and challenging conditions…
The Seafarers' Trust provided core funding for the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) launched in September 2011 when maritime piracy was at its peak, with many seafarers subjected to serious attacks by pirates and armed robbers. Trust funding enabled the MPHRP to make a significant contribution to the welfare support of seafarers, and their families caught up in and affected by such attacks. In…