New seafarer welfare organisation launches

Croydon: The International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare (ICSW) and the International Seafarers' Assistance Network (ISAN) have merged to form a new organisation, the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

ISWAN has stated that it intends to assist with the ongoing effort to implement the International Labour Organisation's Maritime Labour Convention 2006 globally. On top of this, the organisation hopes to provide a more cohesive voice for the seafaring body, with the establishment of numerous welfare facilities in ports and on board vessels, an emergency welfare fund for seafarers, as well as the ongoing SeafarerHelp service, a 24 hour multilingual helpline, which ISWAN claims helped 4000 seafarers and their families in 2012.

'The new organisation will be able to serve both seafarers and welfare organisations a lot more effectively,' said Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN. 'ISWAN brings together practical experience of dealing with seafarers' welfare problems and the strategic issues of developing and sustaining welfare services, facilities, and structures. We aim to grown our influence by recruiting more members from the industry, particularly from shipping companies and ports.'

Posted 03 April 2013

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