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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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Shore leave significantly improves seafarers' health and the safe and efficient operation of a vessel. The Seamen's Church Institute's (SCI) Center for Seafarers' Rights in the USA collected data pertaining to seafarers' access to shore leave for the thirteenth year in a row as part of its annual Seafarer Shore Leave Survey, asking port welfare workers in 27 ports across the United States to monitor…
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Three global shipping organisations have issued guidance to their members on the risks posed to ships' crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus. The ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), IMEC (International Maritime Employers' Council), and the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) urgently advise that on all such vessels: 1. The Master should ensure that the crew are aware of the risks, how the…
Kenya is the latest country to have ratified the Maritime Labour Convention. Over the past few months Ireland, Bangladesh, Argentina, Mauritius, Iran, and Belize have all ratified the convention. With Kenya's ratification this brings the total number of countries ratifying to 64. Once a state ratifies it takes a year for the convention to come into force. The convention came into force just over a…
The newly formed Australian Welfare Seafarers Council, and member of ISWAN, has been holding a series of forums around the country. Recently Western Australian seafarer welfare and industry forums were held with approximately 140 representatives from the shipping industry, unions, seafarer welfare providers and seafarers in Port Hedland (24 June 2014) and Fremantle (26-27 June 2014). The forums included discussion and updates on: the Maritime…
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The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) is seeking a new General Secreatry. ICMA are a member of ISWAN. The post is London based with significant domestic and international travel. Are you passionate about the welfare of seafarers? Are you a dynamic leader seeking a mission? If so, the International Christian Maritime Association needs you! We seek someone, lay or ordained, to be the public face…
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The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Seafarers Trust, one of the main funders of seafarers' welfare around the world, has moved to an online application process for grants. A spokesperson for the trust said "It took us quite some time to set up the form in order to make it as easy as possible for applicants, but without sacrificing our need for exhaustive information. With…
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The International Seafarers' Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN) will be producing the updated Seafarer Centre Directory online and in hardcopy in September. The current version has proved extremely popular with seafarers and it has been distributed widely around the world over the past two years. This year we will print and distribute 50,000 hard copies of the updated directory direct to seafarers around the world.…
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