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 and West and Central Africa.
ISWAN has teams operating in two of the most significant labour supply countries (India and Philippines) to:
ISWAN in partnership with the Nigerian Seafarers’ Welfare Board employs a social worker to work with seafarers and their families who have been imprisoned, need psychosocial support or have been victims of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
You can read about some of the seafarers and families helped by our international team in the Regional Stories below.
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.
Imagine travelling to a foreign country and joining a vessel as a member of its crew, only to find that the working and living conditions are far from what they should be. Not only that, but you are not being paid the wages owed to you. What would you do?
A free mobile app for seafarers which can be used offline to access help, information and support around the clock
Helping shipping and ship management companies to improve social interaction on board
Spotting the signs and responding to concerns
We launched the results of our survey of superyacht crew in London on 3rd December 2018
A guide for shipping companies and ship operators to develop and implement mental health policies
Recognising excellence in seafarers’ welfare provision across the shipping industry
Discouraging Indian seafarers from signing up with unregistered crewing agencies
We provide shipping companies and seafarers with information on staying healthy on board
A free training package suitable for both individual viewing by all crew and training sessions onboard and ashore
A project aiming to encourage and support the establishment of welfare boards worldwide
Providing seafarers with the right tools and information to keep hydrated on board
A joint initiative looking at the health of women seafarers and where it can be improved