Our work

International activities

As well as operating from our base in the UK, we also operate through our international team, providing humanitarian support to seafarers and their families in South and South East Asia.

ISWAN has teams operating in two of the most significant labour supply countries (India and Philippines) to:

  • carry out local advocacy and campaigning on behalf of seafarers and their families
  • manage serious and complex casework in coordination with our helpline SeafarerHelp and local partners
  • promote and develop ISWAN’s services and projects locally
  • maintain and coordinate relationships with all local stakeholders

You can read about some of the seafarers and families helped by our international team in the Regional Stories below.

Seafarer Stories

  • Life-changing accident leaves seafarer permanently disabled

    ISWAN is supporting a seafarer from India who suffered a serious accident on board over three years ago and is still waiting to receive compensation, along with months’ worth of unpaid wages.

  • Piracy survivors helped to rebuild after years in captivity

    In March 2015, Somali pirates hijacked the Iranian fishing vessel FV Siraj and kidnapped four of the crew members, then held them hostage for several years. ISWAN was there for the families of the crew while they waited for their loved ones to return, and we supported the crew members after their release as they started their recovery.

Other projects

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

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Yacht Crew Help

A free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline for professional yacht crew worldwide

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ISWAN for Seafarers app

A free mobile app for seafarers which can be used offline to access help, information and support around the clock

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Social Interaction Matters (SIM)

Helping shipping and ship management companies to improve social interaction on board

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Mental Health Awareness Training for the Maritime Industry

Spotting the signs and responding to concerns

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

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Superyacht Crew Welfare

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

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Anonymous story-sharing for seafarers facing problems at work

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Mentally Healthy Ships

A guide for shipping companies and ship operators to develop and implement mental health policies

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International Seafarers' Welfare Awards

Recognising excellence in seafarers’ welfare provision across the shipping industry

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Indian Seafarers Campaign

Discouraging Indian seafarers from signing up with unregistered crewing agencies

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Seafarers' Health Information Programme (SHIP)

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

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Seafarers' Mental Health and Wellbeing

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

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International Port Welfare Partnership (IPWP) Programme

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

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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

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ISWAN Photo Competition

Sharing photography by seafarers all over the world

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We are grateful to our main funders for their continued support: