The International Port Welfare Partnership (IPWP) programme is an ISWAN project managed by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, with a maritime sector-wide Executive Committee (chaired by ISWAN) that consists of representatives from government, shipowners, unions, port owners/authorities and voluntary organisations/NGOs. The programme is generously funded by the ITF Seafarers' Trust, Seafarers UK, The TK Foundation and the Merchant Navy Welfare Board.
The IPWP programme aims to encourage and support the establishment of welfare boards worldwide in accordance with the International Labour Organization Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Welfare Boards provide the forum for maritime organisations to regularly meet and support seafarers' port welfare services and facilities in order to improve seafarers' lives.
The latest Port Welfare Committee was launched at Durban on 29 May 2019 - find out more here.
Providing humanitarian support to seafarers and their families across three specific regions
Recognising excellence in seafarers’ welfare provision across the shipping industry
Spotting the signs and responding to concerns
A free training package suitable for both individual viewing by all crew and training sessions onboard and ashore
Improving the wellbeing of seafarers: Working in partnership, seeking practical solutions (23 November, Helsinki)
We launched the results of our survey of superyacht crew in London on 3rd December 2018
We provide shipping companies and seafarers with information on staying healthy on board
Discouraging Indian seafarers from signing up with unregistered crewing agencies
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