Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Directory To Aid Seafarers Announced

ICSW Guide is Free to Crews of All Nationalities
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE - The International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW), a UK based international charity dedicated to the relief of need, hardship or distress amongst seafarers has launched the ‘Seafarers’ Centres Directory’ a free pocket size guide for seafarers and contains information on 355 seafarers’ centres around the world, including opening hours, facilities and contact details. The guide is aimed at crews of all vessels from container ships and freight vessels to bulk tankers and cruise liners.

An initial print run of 50,000 directories has been produced for distribution to seafarers. The Directory hopes to improve the visibility of seafarer’s centres and also to provide a method of feedback so that seafarers themselves can let the ICSW know about their experiences of visiting certain seafarer’s centres. Feedback from seafarers is encouraged in the directory through email, or by phone on the 24 hour seafarer’s helpline run by the International Seafarers Assistance Network.

Roger Harris, Executive Director of the ICSW, thanked the ITF Seafarers’ Trust for the printing, production, and distribution of the directory. Shipping companies, welfare organisations, and other bodies can obtain bulk orders of the directory free of charge. Non members of the ICSW will only need to pay delivery charges.

Mr Harris said the ICSW directory was intended to be an excellent free resource for seafarers and give them clear and concise information about centres and was intended for publication on a regular basis.

ICSW can be contacted at icsw@icsw.org.uk or via the website.