ISWAN Insights: Spotlight on 2022

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ISWAN Insights: Spotlight on 2022


An infographic sharing insights into the issues faced by seafarers and their families in 2022 using data from ISWAN's helplines.


ISWAN operates several free, international, confidential helplines providing 24-hour help and support to seafarers and their families around the world. In 2022, ISWAN’s helpline services assisted over 13,600 seafarers and their families of 94 different nationalities, handling over 16,000 calls and messages.

The impact of the war in Ukraine was clearly reflected in the number of Ukrainian seafarers and their families who sought help from ISWAN’s helplines in 2022, which increased by 674% compared to the previous year.

The Ukraine crisis, along with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the after-effects of Typhoon Rai in the Philippines, meant that many seafarers around the world experienced financial hardship in 2022. Contacts relating to financial difficulties more than doubled year-on-year on ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp helpline, mainly from those seeking financial support from the Ukraine Crisis Support Fund, a relief fund administered by ISWAN on behalf of the Seafarers International Relief Fund.

Abuse, bullying, harassment and discrimination were reported much more frequently to ISWAN’s helplines in 2022 than the previous year. Contacts relating to these issues increased by over a quarter in 2022 generally, and on ISWAN’s helpline service for yacht crew, Yacht Crew Help, this number rose by 81%.

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