Union Representatives

All Ports Need Seafarers' Welfare Ambassadors

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a Seafarers’ Welfare Ambassador (SWA) in these challenging times. As seafarers’ representatives, this vital (but not onerous!) role ensures important welfare information is available to seafarers during their often limited time in port.
SWAs play a key role in the maritime community, possess an in-depth knowledge of the port and local area, as well as an understanding of port welfare facilities. Using their expertise and experience, SWAs ensure that seafarers’ welfare information is kept up to date for their port and, where necessary, evaluate seafarers’ welfare needs in accordance with ILO MLC, 2006. Ideally, the role of SWA would be carried out by local union officials and ITF Inspectors.
After signing up to Port Visitor, simply add the SWA role to your user profile.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can become a Seafarer Welfare Ambassador?

Any member of the maritime community with a vested interest in the welfare of seafarers in port can apply to become a Seafarer Welfare Ambassador.

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 Seafarer Welfare Ambassador?

Simply create an account on the Port Visitor platform (if you haven’t already done so) and go to your user profile. In the Roles section, click on the ‘Additional Roles’ button and select Seafarer Welfare Ambassador. Then click Request Role. Your request will be reviewed by our team and you will be notified of the outcome. We may contact you during the approval process to request details a reference.

Seafarer Welfare Ambassador

Get Started Today!

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 Seafarer Welfare Ambassador 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.