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Persons who provide welfare services to seafarers in European ports please note: The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme is delivering training for welfare responses to piracy and other violent maritime crime. The next course will be held on 14th and 15th April in Hamburg, Germany. For more information on how to join the course, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to Contact Us on…
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European Manning & Training Conference 28 to 29 April 2015 Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen 3 days of interactive and informative sessions from 30+ speakers, 120+ attendees, 25+ countries Training and retaining competent seafarers to crew tomorrow's fleet • European crewing news bulletin• STCW feedback forum• Generation Y strategy lab• MLC task force panel• STCW training and competency management workshop, 30 April 2015 50% discount…
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is hopeful progress can now be made towards improving the facilitation of shore leave and crew transfers for the world's 1.5 million merchant seafarers, who collectively transport about 90% of world trade. This follows important recommendations by an International Labour Organization (ILO) tripartite meeting of employers, seafarers' unions and governments in Geneva last week, at which ICS co-ordinated the…
A new and vital public international resource where details can be submitted and recorded concerning missing seafarers and fishermen globally has now gone live. The first phase of the 'Missing Seafarers Register' as part of the 'Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme' has been launched by Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), an independent maritime human rights organisation based in London and established in April 2014. Accessible through…
A new website designed to encourage the formation of port welfare boards around the world to provide a welcome to visiting seafarers has been launched by the UK based Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) in association with ISWAN. An important element in a project managed on behalf of the International Seafarers' Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN), the website explains the role of welfare boards, which are…
A new survey of seafarers has just been launched to inform the maritime industry about their views on life at sea and future job prospects. A key factor in the manning situation is the seafarers' job satisfaction. If they are unhappy with their work and social life at sea they will leave as soon as they can, whereas if they are content with their conditions…
Dr Cleo Doumbia-Henry of the ILO, has been appointed as the President of the World Martime University in Malmo, Sweden. Dr Doumbia-Henry has played a key role in the adoption of the Maritime Labour Convention. ISWAN warmly welcomes Dr Doumbia-Henry's new appointment. Mr. Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General, who is also Chancellor of WMU, announced Dr. Doumbia-Henry's appointment as he welcomed students at the start of…
This survey, aimed at women seafarers only, follows on from the Rapid Health Needs Questionnaire (pilot study) which was distributed in July 2014. The survey is fully confidential and has been devised by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), Seamen's Hospital Society (SHS), International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) and International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). The purpose of this survey is to help inform…
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Responding to recent articles and reports on current levels of maritime piracy, intentionally MPHRP highlighted the worrying trend that they appear to avoid the word "piracy" in favour of "new forms of criminality", specifically "attacks" and "hijacking". The technical differences denoted by these terms aside, a basic truth is veiled: that violent crime is committed against seafarers. Of Somali-based piracy in the Gulf of Aden…
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Imagine you are a seafarer who has been injured and left in hospital while your ship has sailed Imagine you are a seafarer who has received bad news while at sea Imagine you are a mother of seafarer who has been lost at sea Who do you turn to? ISWAN's SeafarerHelp is there for seafarers and their families 24 hours a day, 365 day per…