THE SEAFARERS INTERNATIONAL

A local Welfare Board (Port Welfare Committee) may serve the seafarer’s of one port, or it may cover several ports in different locations. A number of Port Welfare Committees may be organised as part of a national body, known as a national welfare board (NWB).

In accordance with national laws, regulations, conditions and practice and in line with MLC, 2006 Regulations and Guidelines, Welfare Boards can benefit seafarers and the rest of the maritime community as follows:

WELFARE BOARDS: COSTS & benefits


A Welfare Board is a committee or forum that works to support and improve the welfare of seafarers. It provides a forum where people from organisations that deal with the welfare of resident and visiting seafarers can meet to discuss and coordinate their actions. The organisations that normally benefit from Welfare Board representation are as follows: Flag States and Port State Control, Port Owners & Authorities; Ship Owners and their representatives; Coastguard; Unions and their Inspectors, Welfare organisations & Charities and their Ship Welfare Visitors.

Provides an independent, impartial forum to improve cooperation between public authorities; ship owners, unions, ports and voluntary organisations.


Ensures seafarers and fishers have easy access to shore-based facilities and services


Ensures seafarers and fishers re appropriately cared for and protected in a safe environment


Promotes the development of appropriate port welfare facilities and report on underutilized facilities


Conducts welfare reviews to adapt to the changing needs of the shipping industry

Consults with competent authorities to promote and improve welfare facilities and services in ports


Promotes the pooling of resources and help avoid unnecessary duplication of effort


Encourages the organisation of shore-based welfare seminars, activities and events for seafarers and, where appropriate, fishers.


Encourages financial support for port welfare facilities from public funds; levies or other special dues from shipping sources and voluntary contributions


Ensures any welfare taxes, levies and special dues are used only for the purposes for which they are raised


Supports the production and disseminated of general port information among seafarers


Supports adequate means of transportation at reasonable times and, where applicable at moderate prices


Ensures shipowners and seafarers entering a country or port are aware of any special laws and customs that may contravene or jeopardize their freedom


Monitors compliance with the ISPS Code to ensure seafarers have access to shore-based welfare facilities


Provides a lobbying organisation for improvements to seafarers’ welfare


Produces valuable feedback on welfare programmes, projects and events to funding organisations 


Provides representation at international, national and local welfare forums


Promotes seafarers’ visibility to non-seafarers.

The men and women who live and work at sea are often away from their families and friends for many months, working long hours at demanding jobs, landing at foreign countries for short periods of time. A rare port visit offers an important opportunity for a seafarer to receive care, to communicate with their families, to see a doctor, to seek advice or visit local shops. Welfare Boards support the welfare providers who provide these services and help improve the lives of seafarers. If you are interested in starting or participating in a Welfare Board message the project team via the Contact Us webpage.

 

port WELFARE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME

"SUPPORTING WELFARE FOR The SEAFARER IN PORTS WORLDWIDE"