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Don't forget that the IMO Day of the Seafarer is on 25 June 2015. Watch the new video from the IMO.  
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…
                             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,…