International Seafarers'
Welfare and Assistance Network

January 2019 e-news

Shipping companies need to support seafarers presenting with mental health issues

January 11, 2019
With the increasing awareness of the importance of the mental wellbeing of seafarers, more needs to be done to change the culture in shipping so there is less stigma around mental health issues.
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IMB piracy report 2018: attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea

January 17, 2019
Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the ICC’s International Maritime Bureau’s latest annual piracy report reveals.
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Women at Sea – a perspective from Malaysia

January 28, 2019
During our seminar in November, our member IKMAL presented a brief on the encouragement given to women to become seafarers in Malaysia.
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SeafarerHelp team supports Indian seafarer feeling lonely

January 24, 2019
ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp team was approached by an Indian seafarer who was suffering from depression and isolation. He described himself as being surrounded by fog and unable to see…
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Short documentary joins crew on shore leave at Felixstowe Seafarers' Centre

January 17, 2019
The film shows how the crew of a cargo ship spent their short time ashore.
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Financial aid for seafarers and their families in dire need

November 15, 2019

When seafarers and families of seafarers are involved in sudden or unforeseen crises, the Seafarers Emergency Fund (SEF) can provide immediate, essential aid. Welfare organisations and trade unions can apply to the SEF in order to provide seafarers and/or their families with the goods or services they need in an emergency. Click below to find out more, including how to apply.

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