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Imagine you are a seafarer who has been injured and left in hospital while your ship has sailed Imagine you are a seafarer who has received bad news while at sea Imagine you are a mother of seafarer who has been lost at sea Who do you turn to? ISWAN's SeafarerHelp is there for seafarers and their families 24 hours a day, 365 day per…
In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and ISWAN member, has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: "The shipping industry fully accepts…
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Seafarers facing legal problems can now obtain immediate information concerning their rights, wherever they are in the world, with a new app  launched by Seafarers' Rights International (SRI) after three months of user testing. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of SRI said: "Seafarers need tangible support 24/7. There are many good companies and maritime administrations who provide seafarers with assistance and support with regard to their…
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Typhoon Haiyan - known locally as Yolanda - hit eastern Samar Island at 4.40am local time on 8th November last year. It caused a storm surge – a wall of water – that was 25 feet high in some areas, including in the town of Tacloban. Reports regarding Haiyan's windspeeds vary but the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration – the relevant government authority…
The new edition of the ISWAN Seafarer Centre Directory has been printed and is now being distributed to nearly 400 seafarer centres around the world. Thanks to a generous grant from the ITF Seafarers' Trust, ISWAN has been able to update the directory in hardcopy and online here, with an added geo-map of centre locations that will make it easier for the seafarer to find…
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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