Projects

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…
Calling all women who work at sea! Please fill in our short, confidential survey about women's health needs on board and in port. ISWAN, together with the International Transport Workers Federation, International Maritime Health Association and Seamens Hospital Society is carrying out a small pilot study which aims to gain a better understanding of women seafarers' health needs. We hope responses give us some insight…
SeafarerHelp is the free 24 hour multi-lingual helpline for seafarers run by the International Seafarers' Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN). ISWAN recently produced the 2012 Annual Review for SeafarerHelp. During 2012 the SeafarerHelp team dealt with problems involving over 4,300 seafarers and their families. There was a 30% increase in the number of new cases handled by the SeafarerHelp team and an increase of 43% in…
The  International Seafarers' Welfare Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012 were a great success. The awards gained a lot of media coverage and raised the profile of the seafarers' welfare in the maritime industry. The awards attracted widespread interest from welfare organisations, shipping companies, and ports. The 2014 awards will take place on 7 April 2014 at the ILO in Geneva. The global awards recognise…
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…
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…
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…
The aim of this project is to develop and build an online and offline comprehensive resource on seafarers' welfare that can be used by a range of different audiences and interested organisations and individuals. Phase one of the project is continuing. The Online toolkit was launched in July 2011. The launch was widely publicised via email to over 1400 people interested in seafarers' welfare and…
The aim of this project is to assist in the establishment and development of National Welfare Boards and Port Welfare Committees around the world. The first stage of this project is a research phase that will look at the factors contributing to the successful running of both NWB's and PWC's. The research will also analyse obstacles to the establishment of NWB's and PWC's. The research…
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…