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Ireland is the latest country to have ratified the Maritime Labour Convention. Over the past few months Bangladesh, Argentina, Mauritius, Iran, and Belize have all ratified the convention. With Ireland's ratification this brings the total number of countries ratifying to 63. Once a state ratifies it takes a year for the convention to come into force. The convention came into force almost a year ago…
The newly formed Australian Welfare Seafarers Council, and member of ISWAN, has being holding a series of forums around the country. Recently Western Australian seafarer welfare and industry forums were held with approximately 140 representatives from the shipping industry, unions, seafarer welfare providers and seafarers in Port Hedland (24 June 2014) and Fremantle (26-27 June 2014). The forums included discussion and updates on: the Maritime…
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The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) is seeking a new General Secreatry. ICMA are a member of ISWAN. The post is London based with significant domestic and international travel. Are you passionate about the welfare of seafarers? Are you a dynamic leader seeking a mission? If so, the International Christian Maritime Association needs you! We seek someone, lay or ordained, to be the public face…
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The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Seafarers Trust, one of the main funders of seafarers' welfare around the world, has moved to an online application process for grants. A spokesperson for the trust said "It took us quite some time to set up the form in order to make it as easy as possible for applicants, but without sacrificing our need for exhaustive information. With…
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The International Seafarers' Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN) will be producing the updated Seafarer Centre Directory online and in hardcopy in September. The current version has proved extremely popular with seafarers and it has been distributed widely around the world over the past two years. This year we will print and distribute 50,000 hard copies of the updated directory direct to seafarers around the world.…
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SeafarerHelp is the free 24 hour multi-lingual helpline for seafarers run by the International Seafarers' Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN). ISWAN have just produced the 2013 Annual Review for SeafarerHelp. During 2013 the SeafarerHelp team dealt with problems involving over 6,400 seafarers and their families. There was a 35% increase in the number of new cases handled by the SeafarerHelp team, and an increase of 47%…
New facilities for cruise ships crew have opened in Helsinki, Kiel, and Liverpool. All have been opened by seafarer welfare organisations, working in co-operation with other partners. In Helsinki the Finnish Seamen's Service and the Finnish Seamen's Mission have opened up a new drop-in centre for cruise ship crews funded by the ITF Seafarers Trust. The drop-in centre provides free internet service, phones, a shop,…
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MPHRP (The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme) has welcomed the release and safe return of the remaining crew from the MV Albedo. The remaining crew of the MV Albedo were released in early June after over three and half years being held hostage by Somali pirates.  Commenting on their arrival into Kenya on 7 June 2014 MPHRP chair, Peter Swift, said, "After 1288 days in…
Comprehensive survey of seafarers by Futurenautics Research in association with InterManager, ISWAN, PTC, BIMCO and CrewToo finds access is an improving picture, but reveals certain sectors offering far poorer crew communications provision than others, with up to 30% of crew in some without access to a telephone. Data allows ship operators to understand and benchmark provision across sectors and age groups; offers insight for suppliers…
Members of ISWAN met in Venice at the end of May to discuss the past year and plans for the future. The meeting was hosted by the Port of Venice and jointly organised with the Friends of Stella Maris seafarer centre. The meeting received a report from Roger Harris, the Executive Director on the main activities of ISWAN in 2013/14. Highlights from the report include:…
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