Links to Other Useful Maritime Welfare Organisations
ISWAN – International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network
ISWAN funds and sponsors SeafarerHelp which is a helpline for seafarers who find themselves in a difficult situation or require support or assistance. They offer a free and confidential service. Whether it’s dealing with bullying, un-paid wages, poor working/living conditions or just someone to talk to SeafarerHelp is completely free and confidential for all seafarers and their families around the world. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in all the main languages spoken by Seafarers including Russian, Tagalog and Hindi.
As well as being available to help seafarers, SeafarerHelp also provides assistance to other maritime agencies by working alongside them to help resolve the issues. The service was founded in the year 2000 by representatives from seafarer charities, trade unions and shipping employers in the UK. It operates from London and is governed by a voluntary board of Trustees.
For more information visit their website at www.seafarerhelp.org
SFUK – Seafarers UK
Seafarers UK is the new name for King George’s Fund for Sailors, which has been helping seafarers since 1917. It is an umbrella organisation that awards grants to other maritime charities. They also give grants to charities that help seafarers’ families, including widows and children.
For more information visit their website at www.seafarers-uk.org
ILO – The International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. In promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights, the organisation continues to pursue its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity.
Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of decent jobs and the kinds of economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. The ILO is the global body responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. Working with its Member States, the ILO seeks to ensure that labour standards are respected in practice as well as principle.
For more information visit their website at www.ilo.org
ITF – International Transport Workers’ Federation
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is an international trade union federation of transport workers’ unions. Any independent trade union with members in the transport industry is eligible for membership of the ITF. Six hundred and fifty four unions representing 4,500,000 transport workers in 148 countries are members of the ITF. It is one of several Global Federation Unions allied with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
Although the range of ITF activities is very wide, they can be best summed up under three key headings: Representation, Information, Practical solidarity. The ITF has been helping seafarers since 1896 and today represents the interests of seafarers worldwide, of whom over 600,000 are members of ITF affiliated unions. The ITF is working to improve conditions for seafarers of all nationalities and to ensure adequate regulation of the shipping industry to protect the interests and rights of the workers.
For more information visit their website at www.itfglobal.org
ICMA – International Christian Maritime Association
The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) is a free association of 27 Christian non-profit organisations engaged in welfare work for seafarers which include those working on merchant, fishing and passenger vessels. These 27 organisations represent different Christian Churches and Christian communities. Each member keeps his independence and autonomy. ICMA was founded in 1969 to encourage ecumenical collaboration and mutual assistance between these different organizations on the local port level, but on the national and international level as well. In a fragmented and divided society, it is ICMA ’s mission to promote unity, peace and tolerance.
For more information visit their website at www.icma.as
News & Stories
2 weeks ago
This week lot of Seafarers were visiting our Mariners House. They were happily playing pool, table tennis and also attended prayers in the Chapel. I had also given them the Stella Maris Magazine for September. This morning while visiting ship I had provided free Wi Fi to the most deserving ship. They were so happy. ... See MoreSee Less
Last evening at the port there were few remarkable moments felt and lot of surprises and joy. Mei Mendoza one of our Mariners House staffs who went for pick up from two ships reported that while she was driving the bus one of the Filipino Seafarers was very curious in knowing from her from which city in Philippine she lived in. When she said Cebu he got up from his seat and came closer to ask which part of Cebu. He was surprised that she was from his home town and a distant relative. He was so happy and called home and told his family.
The other surprise was that although twelve Seafarers were picked up from two ships all were Filipinos. When they were at the Seafarers center they were talking to each other and happily singing Karayoki songs. One of them playing the guitar that was there. Suddenly one of them identify another Seafarer from the other ship as one of his classmates and embarrassing each other with full of joy.
Finally all of them were present for the Sunday mass in the Chapel and participated meaningfuly. At the end of the mass sang the thanksgiving hymn in 'Tagalog Salamat Sajug'. ... See MoreSee Less
Last Sunday after the mass the Seafarers who had attended the mass were given the last set of Stella Maris magazine. This afternoon I had visited the ships and the Seafarers who were on board the oil tanker were to move to another pier and were badly in need of wi-fi connection. They were so happy to enjoy the free Wi Fi which I had taken on board. Thank you for AoS Great Britain for sending the monthly issues of Stella Maris and making arrangements for free Wi Fi. ... See MoreSee Less
This afternoon AoS Maritime Ministry was held at Nav Center within the Plenary agenda of CCCB. Our Episcopal promoter Bishop Dowd chaired the meeting with the Bishops either had port ministry in their dioceses or ports. Bishop Dowd invited me to be present in the meeting. ... See MoreSee Less
Last weekend was very busy. As the culmination of the events was a wonderful gathering of the Catholic Indian university students, the members of Jesus Youth movement who were hosted at the Mariners House for one day spiritually nourishing seminar. I had also given a presentation about my vocation and ministry. Finally we had the Eucharistic Celebration at the Mariners House Chapel and had a group picture outside. ... See MoreSee Less