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A briefing meeting has been arranged to present the findings of the 2015 Women Seafarers' Health and Welfare Survey, and to prompt interactive discussion between stakeholders on how to address the issues raised. The study has been a joint initiative of the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and the Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS)…
ISWAN's relay team of Per Gullestrup (Chair of Trustees), Torbjorn Husby (Trustee) and Roger Harris (Executive Director) completed the Olympic Distance in the London Triathlon on Saturday 8 August in a time of 3hr 8 minutes. Torbjorn swum 1500 meters, Per cycled 40 kms, and Roger ran 10kms. Roger said "It was a hot afternoon but we were overtaking teams with people half our age…
The boards of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) are pleased to announce the moving of the activities of the MPHRP into ISWAN. A transfer agreement was signed by both parties on 3 August 2015. ISWAN will now be responsible for all the activities of the highly respected MPHRP. The move to ISWAN will enable…
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…