Search

Our work

Indian Seafarers Campaign

We have launched a campaign to discourage Indian seafarers from signing up with crewing agencies which have not registered with the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS).

Every year, thousands of Indian seafarers join merchant shipping through unregistered crewing agencies. Many of them have been left stranded outside India or not been paid their wages. Some have even fallen into the trap of working on a ship carrying illegal cargo, and have had to spend a considerable amount of time in prison, most likely through no fault of their own. Another problem is that seafarers with unregistered crewing agencies will not be able to appear for higher grade examinations conducted by the Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) of the DGS. All these difficulties affect not only the seafarers themselves but also their families, who can find themselves financially at risk without a reliable income upon which to survive.

Our campaign aims to discourage Indian seafarers from signing up with unregistered crewing agencies by raising awareness of the risks they would face by doing so. We have produced a poster and flyer to promote the campaign’s message and the DGS has issued a circular advising Maritime Training Institutes, RPSL manning agents and other relevant departments and organisations to support the campaign.

It is mandatory for all Recruitment and Placement Services (RPS) providers in India to register with the DGS and obtain a Recruitment and Placement Services Licence (RPSL). The full list of registered agencies can be found on the DGS website – see here.

Additional documents

Project resources

Other projects

Seafarerhelp Stacked Rgb 20181023 2

SeafarerHelp

A free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families

World Map

ISWAN Regional Programme

Providing humanitarian support to seafarers and their families across three specific regions

Naham 3 Hostages And Plane In Somalia Edited

Piracy

We offer support to seafarers and their families affected by maritime piracy

Seafarers Mental Health And Wellbeing

Seafarers' Mental Health and Wellbeing

A free training package suitable for both individual viewing by all crew and training sessions onboard and ashore

Helsinki Seminar

ISWAN Seminar 2018

Improving the wellbeing of seafarers: Working in partnership, seeking practical solutions (23 November, Helsinki)

Istock 524710540

Superyacht Crew Welfare

We will launch the results of our survey of superyacht crew in London on 3rd December 2018

Web Edited 2258 Joy Corthésy for ISWAN

International Seafarers' Welfare Awards

Recognising excellence in seafarers’ welfare provision across the shipping industry

Mikhail Chulanov Wilson Garston 01 Mikhail Chulanov

Seafarers' Health Information Programme (SHIP)

We provide shipping companies and seafarers with information on staying healthy on board

Port 2

International Port Welfare Partnership (IPWP) Programme

A project aiming to encourage and support the establishment of welfare boards worldwide

Drinking Water 7

Quench Hydration Campaign

Providing seafarers with the right tools and information to keep hydrated on board

Women Seafarers Health And Welfare Survey

Women Seafarers' Health and Welfare Survey

A joint initiative looking at the health of women seafarers and where it can be improved

Albert Garayev 2 Albert Garayev

Training on Board

A free and motivational training, nutrition and health programme for seafarers

Day Of The Seafarer 2018 Photography Competition Main Photo

Day of the Seafarer 2018 Photo Competition

Promoting the theme of 'Seafarers' Wellbeing' in partnership with the IMO