Projects

Training On Board (TOB) is an international training, nutrition and health project initiated by the Norwegian Maritime Authority in Haugesund on behalf of ISWAN. Access the website at www.trainingonboard.org Training on board offers seafarers an accessible, free, and motivational training programme that will encourage them to take care of their own health and fitness. The project is fully funded by ITF Seafarers' Trust. The main…
ISWAN held the fifth International Seafarers' Welfare Awards on June 9th 2015 at the International Maritime Organization in London. 2015's awards together with the awards held between 2010 and 2014 were a great success, gaining a great deal of media coverage and helping to raise the profile of seafarers' welfare in the maritime industry. Each year, the awards attract widespread interest from welfare organisations, shipping…
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…
The seafarer centre directory was produced in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and was positively received around the world. Between forty and sixty thousand copies of each edition 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…
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…
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…
In Autumn 2015, ISWAN invited all seafarers to participate in our first ever photo competition. The winner and two runners up were announced in November 2015. The full shortlist is available to view here. Each entrant was able to submit up to 5 images.Pictures were judged anonymously by an ISWAN jury. The winning photo received a prize of a Canon DSLR camera, and will be…
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…
The HIV/AIDS is a 2 year Global Pilot Project which aims to increase awareness among seafarers about the risks of contracting HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and to promote safer sex.   The first stage of the project - distribution of HIV/AIDS & STI awareness materials to participating seafarer centres - was completed at the end of 2013. By providing accessible information, this project helps to…
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…