No doubt, it is great that voluntary organizations can be represented in this project, as they are key in providing welfare services in ports around the world. When seafarers’ welfare is a partnership of those represented on welfare boards, voluntary organizations, and the seafarers served by them, profit directly.
Dr. Jason Zuidema, Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA), states:
"With other seafarers' welfare organizations and as representative of ICMA, the Port Welfare Programme is so important to us because it helps us push forward the progress on MLC, 2006. It is one thing for the MLC to suggest it, it is another for strong welfare boards to be established and supported in reality. This pilot project brings all the right people to the table to show that strong, vibrant welfare boards are possible all over the world.
By their nature not-for-profit agencies need partnerships for support. This project will help provide the solid, lasting relationships that nurture strong partnerships.
We hope this project not only helps to establish new welfare boards in new places, but also that this project strengthens those boards that are already in place."
All Voluntary Organisation (NGOs) and their representatives involved in the delivery of seafarers' welfare services are encouraged to support the project via the contact us webpage.