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The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2015 were launched on 10 November 2014. For seafarers, the backbone of the industry, welfare services and facilities can be a life line when working away from home for long periods of time. These awards recognise excellence in the provision of welfare services by shipping companies, welfare organisations, ports and individuals - on ship and ashore. They showcase good practice…
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The rescue of all persons in distress at sea – including illegal migrants – is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and ISWAN member. ICS is the global trade association for commercial ship operators, whose ships are currently involved on a daily basis in the rescue of refugees at…
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The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) has welcomed the news that seven Indian Seafarers who have been held hostage since their ship, the MV Asphalt Venture, was hijacked in the Somali Basin on 28 September 2010 have been released and are safe in Kenya. The 1991-built, Panamanian flagged, 3884 dwt., general cargo ship "MV Asphalt Venture", with a crew of 15 was hijacked by…
Kimberly Karlshoej, leading shipping figure has been appointed as new Head of The ITF Seafarers' Trust, a major funder of seafarers' welfare.  Kimberly Karlshoej is well known as a founder and, until recently, Director and Programme Officer of The TK Foundation, the Trust named after her father, J Torben Karlshoej, who founded the Teekay Corporation. She has also worked as a consultant to a number…
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MPHRP's Assistant Programme Director, Hennie la Grange and Regional Director for South Asia, Chirag Bahri met with the 7 Bangladeshi seafarers of ex MV Albedo at Bangladesh Marine Academy in Chittagong on 21st October 2014. These seafarers were earlier held in captivity of Somali pirates for about 1300 days and were rescued due to the efforts of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), its…
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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…