Seminar on Cruise Ships & Seafarers' Welfare - Programme

March 31, 2014

Cruise ship crews are different from those on other merchant ships. For a start there are far more seafarers on a cruise ship. Also, catering and 'hotel' staff on cruise ships are defined as seafarers and many of these are women. The services and facilities aimed at seafarers on cruise ships need to be adapted to meet their needs. With the growth of the cruise ship sector the seminar will be looking at the welfare needs of seafarers aboard these vessels and how they can be met, both on board and in port.

The venue of the seminar is: Logistics Academy, Santa Marta Fabbricato 16, 30123 Venice, Italy (next to the Port Authority offices).

There will be speakers and participants from seafarer welfare organisations, shipping companies, ports, and maritime trade unions. The seminar is open to organisations and individuals interested in the welfare of seafarers. The seminar will cost 75 euros (50 euros for ISWAN Members).

To book see here.

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9.30 Chair’s opening remarks – Per Gullestrup, Chairman of ISWAN & Partner, Clipper Group

9.45 Welcome from Port of Venice – speaker from Port of Venice.

10.15 Welfare on board cruise ships – case studies from Costa & MSC (speakers from Costa & MSC invited)

  • Why the welfare of crews is important for cruise shipping companies
  • What practical steps companies take to ensure the welfare of their crews

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Challenges for seafarers working on cruise ships – Fabrizio Barcellona, International Transport Workers Federation

12.15 Panel discussion

12.30 Lunch

13.15 The challenges for welfare organisations working with seafarers on cruise ships – in port and onboard – Fr Giacomo Martino ICMA & Fr Roger Stone Apostleship of the Sea.

14.00 Working with seafarers from cruise ships – case study from Friends of Stella Maris Seafarers Centre, Venice

14.30 Panel discussion

14.45 Sum up & next steps – Roger Harris, Executive Director, ISWAN

15.00 Port Visit

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