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20 October 2014 Please see below for the latest infographic on Ebola from the International Maritime Organisation. The infographic is available for download as a pdf at the bottom of the page. For further information visit the Ebola page on the IMO website  
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New video from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on the importance of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.
Friday 10 October 2014 The seafarer centre in Fremantle, Australia is helping crew affected by a fire aboard the world's largest cattle carrier. The Ocean Drover caught fire in Fremantle Port close to the seafarer centre on Thursday morning. One crew member is in a critical condition in hospital after trying to fight the fire. Some of the seafarers were taken to hospital suffering from…
ISWAN runs SeafarerHelp the free 24 hour helpline for seafarers. It is a lifeline for seafarers. The helpline runs everyday of the year including Christmas and New Year's Day. The SeafarerHelp staff speak the main seafarer languages including Filipino, Hindi, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Turkish, and Arabic. Last year we dealt with over 1250 cases involving nearly 6500 seafarers and their families. This is a typical…
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This article first appeared in the October edition of the Telegraph & is published here with the kind permission of Nautilus International (an ISWAN member) Unions welcome evidence that inspections are starting to combat ships flouting 'bill of rights' The introduction of the Maritime Labour Convention is making a big difference for seafarers around the world, unions say. They have welcomed evidence that the port state…
International Maritime Bureau statistics indicate that maritime crime off the coast of West Africa is trending toward an escalation in violence. These statistics show that the number of casualties (wounded and killed) in the first 9 months of 2014 is significantly higher than the total number for all of 2013. A recent Oceans Beyond Piracy study found that in 2013 over 1,200 seafarers faced criminals…
Seafarer centres around the world provide vital services for seafarers day in and day out. Here is just one example of the way a Mission to Seafarers centre in Australia helped a seafarer who suffered a life changing accident. In July 2014 AB Mahesh Kumar lost his lower leg in a mooring accident in Port Hedland, Australia. Swift help came from paramedics and Mahesh was…
At its Executive Committee and Annual General Meeting in Copenhagen on September 20, 2014, the International Christian Maritime Association, and ISWAN member, was pleased to announce the appointment of a new General Secretary – The Very Rev Richard Kilgour presently serving as Provost of the Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland. Mr. Kilgour will begin in January 2015. Fr Bruno Ciceri Chairman of the ICMA Executive…
The Australian Maritime & Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a direction to the container ship Vega Auriga (IMO 9347786) that prohibits the ship from using or entering any Australian ports due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship. The Vega Auriga has been detained by AMSA on three occasions since 25 July 2013 with repeated concerns for the welfare of the crew including improper…
Over the past couple of weeks there have been two acts of extraordinary kindness and humanity by seafarers serving on the high seas. The lives of seafarers are hidden from the world's general public who largely are ignorant of the fact that seafarers are responsible for carrying 90% of the world's trade. These two selfless deeds need to brought to the attention of a wider…
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