Apply to become a Seafarers' Port Welfare Liaison

With the ongoing pandemic, there has never been a more important time for the maritime sector to collaborate and share port welfare information with seafarers.
 
Nominated by port owners or authorities, Seafarers’ Port Welfare Liaisons are needed to share their local knowledge to support the welfare of visiting seafarers. This is particularly the case in ports where there are no welfare boards and critical information on vaccinations is needed. Port Visitor aims to improve the information gathered about the services for seafarers around the world and make this readily available to seafarers through its port directory search, which has been compiled in collaboration with welfare partners such as ISWAN, ICMA and NAMMA.
 

Seafarers’ Port Welfare Liaisons work with port owners or authorities to represent the interests of visiting seafarers, gather information and support the sector wide International Port Welfare Partnership create welfare boards. MLC, 2006 4.4 mandates that the formation of Welfare Boards should be encouraged to review and improve access to welfare services.

 

If you are a key member of the port community with a vested interest in seafarers’ welfare and would like to apply to become a local Seafarers’ Port Welfare Liaisons (SPWL) please get your port owner or authority to nominate you and then get in touch.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can become a Seafarers’ Port Welfare Liaison?

Nominated by port owners or authorities, senior members of the maritime community, such as harbourmasters, port managers, local ship owners representatives, maritime union officials and senior port chaplains, can apply for this role.

Will I get paid for this doing this role?

No. This is a part time voluntary role and as such role holders are giving their time freely.

How much time will I need to commit?

It could be as little as a few hours a month or as much as you feel you are able to commit. All we ask is that you focus on the priority activities of furnishing the IPWP programme with welfare information about your port and assist in the establishment of a welfare board.

Who can I contact to discuss the role in more detail?

If you want more information about the role, you can contact the IPWP team by clicking here.

Does my role continue once a welfare board is established?

That’s up to you! We would welcome your participation in the welfare board itself, and we would value having someone local to ensure that the welfare information we hold is kept up to date.

How do I apply to become a Seafarers’ Port Welfare Liaison?

If you are a key member of the port community with a vested interest in seafarers’ welfare and would like to apply to become a local Seafarers’ Port Welfare Liaison (SPWA) please get your port owner or authority to nominate you and then get in touch. Your request will be reviewed by our team and you will be notified of the outcome. We may contact you or the port owner or authority during the approval process.

Seafarers' Port Welfare Liaison

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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 and becoming a Seafarers’ Port Welfare Liaison 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 and we would welcome you help.