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New guidance for when seafarers are abandoned and ships detained

12 April 2019

The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has produced new guidance to assist welfare organisations when they are supporting seafarers who are abandoned or dealing with vessels that have been arrested or detained. The guidance on Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers has been produced by ISWAN in partnership with the ITF, InterManager, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA).

Commenting on the guide, Roger Harris, executive director of ISWAN, said: “Unfortunately seafarers are still being abandoned in ports around the world. This timely guide … gives practical information and advice on how to deal with a situation when a vessel is abandoned.”

Dave Heindel, chair of the ITF seafarers’ section, added that: “Unfortunately, the rate of abandonments around the world remains high and difficulties in resolving these cases persist … it is crucial that assistance is provided as quickly as possible. We hope that this guidance will help concerned parties in providing this assistance as we work towards eliminating the scourge of abandonment.”

Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers can be downloaded at:

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