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Supporting Seafarers' Welfare in Ports, Worldwide

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Although many independent maritime charities and NGOs already connect with seafarers and provide outstanding support during their often short port visits, 80% of the world’s 4,485 trading ports lack information about available port welfare services.

 

Port Visitor is a maritime industry wide programme to support the development of seafarers’ welfare in ports globally. Under the auspices of ILO MLC 2006, Port Visitor provides the platform to bring the maritime sector together, forming welfare boards a.k.a. Port Welfare Committees (PWCs) to support and improve seafarers access to shore-based welfare facilities. To achieve this Port Visitor supports front line welfare providers, helps port communities review and report on services, collates feedback and ultimately provides seafarers with the information necessary to enhance their quality of life.

Register an existing welfare committee or create and join a new welfare board in your own port

We need to maximise the quality of crew shore leave in ports worldwide because a mentally and physically fit seafarer is a more content and productive seafarer

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If you care about our industry and the 1.6m seafarers then here is your opportunity to get involved and support our key workers’ who make global transportation operate effectively.

Creating an account will allow you to see inside the world of seafarer welfare in ports. It is the first step towards the positive outcomes that the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 strives to make possible.

Due to the impact of Covid19 on the wellbeing of seafarers, Port Visitor is available free during the pandemic.

Why Welfare Boards?

The International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (‘MLC 2006’) sets out seafarers’ rights to decent conditions of work and highlights the important role that welfare boards can play.

Also known as the Seafarers’ Bill of Rights, MLC 2006 recognises that seafarers are professionals and they are the lifeblood of the global economy, moving goods around the world to meet the needs of consumers and businesses. In fact, 90% of all goods are transported by sea. It is the most economic and environmentally friendly form of transportation, and highlights the crucial role of men and women who live and work at sea.

Port Visitor supports front line welfare providers, helps port communities review and report on services, collates feedback and ultimately provides seafarers with the information necessary to enhance their quality of life

Roger Harris, Executive Director, ISWAN
 

Seafarers play a vital role in all our lives and they deserve recognition and support when they come into port. The ship is their home as well as their workplace and when in port they need a connection to their families, supplies, and a welcome break from being at sea. This is why we need to establish welfare boards in trade ports around the world. By doing so, we can change the face of seafaring for the better by ensuring good access to welfare facilities when seafarers and fishers are able to come ashore.

Welfare boards are essential to improving seafarer welfare globally and their formation is encouraged by the ILO. If you don’t already have a Seafarers’ Welfare Committee in port then bringing the maritime community together to form a Welfare Board or Port Welfare Committee is one of the best ways to improve the wellbeing of seafarers. So, join us and be part of a global welfare movement and change the face of seafaring for good.

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You can easily create a free account to get started. Creating an account will allow you to see inside the world of port based welfare services and it is the first step towards the positive outcomes that the United Nations Conventions makes possible.