Projects

International Port Welfare Partnership (iPWP) is an International Seafarers' Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) pilot project funded by the International Transport Workers' Federation Seafarers' Trust (ITFST) and managed by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB). It aims to encourage and support the establishment of welfare boards worldwide, in accordance with ILO MLC, 2006. Welfare Boards provide the forum for maritime organisations to regularly meet and support…
Training On Board (TOB) is an international training, nutrition and health project initiated by the Norwegian Maritime Authority in Haugesund on behalf of the ISWAN. The project is now live at www.trainingonboard.org In 2011 planning began for the project where 1.2 million seafarers can be offered an accessible, free, and motivational training program that will encourage them to take care of their own health and…
ISWAN, together with the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the Seafarers' Hospital Society (SHS) have been conducting some research over the past year to identify the health and welfare needs of women seafarers. The project has been based around an online survey of women seafarers, supported by focus groups, and explores women seafarers' health and wellbeing (including issues…
SeafarerHelp is the free 24 hour multi-lingual helpline for seafarers run by the not for profit organisation, 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…
  ISWAN held the fifth International Seafarers' Welfare Awards on June 9th at the International Maritime Organization in London. This year's awards together with the awards held between 2010 and 2014 have been a great success which gained lots of media coverage and helped raise the profile of seafarers' welfare in the maritime industry. The awards attract widespread interest from welfare organisations, shipping companies, and…
The seafarer centre directory was produced in 2010 and 2012 and was positively received around the world. Fifty thousand copies were printed and distributed. The directories went out mainly to seafarer centres and shipping companies. The pocket size directory is a valuable source of information on the location of seafarer centres for seafarers. While there is information available on the web, many seafarers lack access…
ISWAN has carried out research into the availability of portwide wifi and wimax for seafarers around the world. Communicating with home is one the most important issues for seafarers and their welfare. Access to internet and phones at sea is still limited and expensive. Onshore, seafarers used to only use fixed telephone lines, often located in seafarer centres.  Nowadays, seafarers are able to call home…
The Ship Health Information Project (SHIP) is still continuing to promote and distribute health information materials to shipping companies, seafarers centre, and direct to seafarers. SHIP covers AIDS and HIV, Malaria, Hygeine, Healthy living, and other topics. Examples of the materials can be found on the SHIP website. Shipping companies can purchase the material. There are discounts for bulk orders. Please contact us here for…
Around the world many national and local seafarer welfare organisations are struggling to keep going due to lack of funding. Although international funders, such as The TK Foundations and ITF Seafarers' Trust, do provide substantial funding there is increasing competition for these funds and funders cannot keep up with the demands. Many seafarer welfare organisations also rely upon one or two funders and are at…
This project began in 2006 and has now trained over 900 ship welfare visitors around the world. The course is based on materials and training developed by the UK Merchant Navy Welfare Board. The UKMNWB have given their kind permission for the ICSW to use their course internationally. Courses taking place last year include : Barcelona, Bali, Houston, Port Hedland, Taichung, Vitoria, Genoa, Seattle, and…