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The ITF Seafarers' Trust - which often pays for vehicles for seafarers' welfare bodies and missions - has announced it will be surveying their uses and effectiveness so as to use its grants as effectively as possible. The Trust will be partnering in the programme with the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) and the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). One of the Seafarers' Trust's…
Jul 16, 2015 The global shipping industry, represented by a wide cross section of international shipowners' associations and seafarers' unions, has collectively updated the industry's Guidelines on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea. This is in response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, in which merchant ships and their civilian crews have so far assisted in the rescue of over 50,000 people. But the…
Nobody can say with any certainty exactly how many seafarers have visited a port like Bremerhaven over the years. What is certain, however, is that seafarers have left a mark on the ports, the cities and the inhabitants. Bearing this in mind, it is all the more remarkable that a Day of the Seafarer was not inaugurated until just a few years ago. The International…
A health survey of nearly 600 women seafarers conducted by IMHA, ISWAN, ITF & SHS* has highlighted a continued issue with access to sanitary bins on board. This was documented as a serious concern for women seafarers over ten years ago by the International Labour Organization (ILO,2003) and yet 40% of survey respondents this year still lack access to a sanitary bin on board. That…
SeafarerHelp is the free 24 hour multi-lingual helpline for seafarers run by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). It has been another another busy year for the helpline with a 53% increase in the number of calls to SeafarerHelp and a 19% increase in the number of seafarers assisted. In 2014 the SeafarerHelp team dealt with 1,920 new cases and helped over 7,710…
The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and Seafarers' Rights International (SRI) report progress being made on the urgent issue of the criminalisation of seafarers. This follows the positive reception from the IMO's (International Maritime Organization) Legal Committee to a paper co-sponsored by the ITF, the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA), the Comité Maritime International (CMI) and InterManager. The paper analysed replies by member states…
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OCEANS BEYOND PIRACY (OBP) REPORT NOTES CONTINUED THREATS TO SEAFARERS FROM MARITIME PIRACY, NOT LEAST IN SOUTH EAST ASIA The new Study published on 10 June 2015 finds: • Southeast Asian piracy is especially dangerous for seafarers based on the quantity ofattacks and 90% boarding success rate. Nearly 3,600 seafarers were on boardvessels boarded by pirates in SE Asia.• Gulf of Guinea piracy continues at…
The winners of the 2015 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards were announced on Tuesday 9th June during a high profile ceremony hosted by Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, Mr Koji Sekimizu at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. The winners are:• Judges Special Award : Rev'd Ken Peters, Mission to Seafarers Director of Justice and Public Affairs• Judges' Posthumous Award: Mr Paul Karras,…
A staff member and two trustees of ISWAN have entered the London Triathlon on 8 August to raise £4,000 for the vital work in providing support and welfare services for seafarers. Team ISWAN consists of Per Gullestrup (DEN), Chairman, Torbjorn Husby (NOR), Trustee, and Roger Harris (GBR), Executive Director. They are taking part in the London Triathlon (Olympic distance) as a relay team. Trobjorn will…
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…