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PortVisitor is all about supporting and improving seafarers’ welfare in ports, worldwide. There are many different ways that you can get involved in the programme. Whether you represent a government, ship owner, union, port owner/authority or voluntary organisation, everyone has a part to play in improving seafarer welfare and delivering the mandate of the MLC, 2006. Indeed, if everyone does a little we can achieve a lot!


You can easily register for 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 make possible.

3 Easy Steps

Step One

Ask Questions

Ask yourself the following questions about your port:

    • Is there an existing committee that takes a proactive interest in seafarers’ welfare?
    • Does seafarer welfare in your port get reviewed regularly by the maritime community?
    • Do visiting seafarers have full access to shore based welfare facilities and information?
    • Are welfare providers active and supported?

If you require further information before registering please contact us

Port Welfare Committee, Antigua & Barbuda

Step Two

Consider your responses to Step One


Congratulations, if you answered “yes” to all of the above questions but we still need you to join Port Visitor so that all of your good work can be recognised, promoted and shared with seafarers and the maritime sector.


If you answered “no” to any of the above questions then joining Port Visitor will provide you with all the tools you need to improve seafarers welfare.


Still have questions you need answering? Please contact us

Southern Port Welfare Committee, United Kingdom

Step Three

Take Action

By joining Port Visitor and registering your committee or request to join a committee, you will have access to do the following:

  • Form a new welfare board or join an existing committee
  • Assess, review and report on seafarers’ welfare in your port
  • Benchmark your port against other ports globally
  • Gather port welfare feedback from seafarers
  • Track welfare improvements over time
  • Access information, templates and guides in the knowledge hub
  • Provide seafarers with useful information about your port
  • Help societies and funders better target resources
  • Fully comply with MLC, 2006 4.4

    If you can help, then seafarers need you. Contact us to find out how you can get involved.


Port Welfare Committee, Nigeria

Encourage Others To Join!

If you have joined or created a Welfare Board, then you will probably encourage others to join. The IPWP programme isn’t just about representation on Welfare Boards though. It is about everyone working together to improve seafarer welfare in ports globally. If there are local businesses that could support welfare provision financially or through gifts in kind, then they should be encouraged to make a commitment.


If there are local service providers and retailers that are willing to offer discounts to seafarers, then please get them on board. Seafarers often find themselves in unfamiliar places far from home, and they really do appreciate the local support they receive when they visit ports and take much needed shore leave.