Support for Seafarers

Coping with Piracy
Advice for seafarers and ship owners on deterring piracy, protecting seafarers and ships, and surviving piracy has been developed by the maritime industry and trade unions, in cooperation with the naval authorities patrolling the Gulf of Aden.

24-hour phone line

Seafarers who have experienced piracy can call the International Seafarers Assistance Network 24 hours a day for advice and support at +800 732 32737. Go to for international dialling codes and more details.

ITF support: Find an Inspector or Union
The ITF is a global union that represents maritime unions. The ITF monitors piracy and hijackings, alerts affiliated unions when their members are taken hostage and follows up to ensure that adequate support is provided. The ITF also has a network of around 130 Inspectors, based in ports all over the world who are also on hand to respond to seafarers and their families affected by acts of piracy.

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