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Does the welfare of your crew align with the Seafarers UK manifesto?

9 January 2020

The Seafarers' Charity, the UK charity for those who work at sea, has released its new ten-point manifesto which sets out the charity’s commitment for seafarers’ safety and welfare before, during and after their careers.

According to Seafarers UK CEO, Catherine Spencer, ‘This manifesto summarises what we are working on and what we want the maritime industry to consider, putting seafarers at the heart of decision-making.’

The Seafarers' Charity asks that seafarers:

  1. Be kept safe and return from their seafaring voyages without experiencing accidents or harm

  2. Be supported to train and develop careers working at sea

  3. Take care of their families and dependants during long periods away from home

  4. Feel less lonely or isolated when working at sea, through maintaining connections with family and dependents ashore, as well as having access to onboard initiatives

  5. Access free, high-quality welfare services, which respond to seafarers' and their families’ needs with respect and dignity and engage their views on the design and development of services

  6. Access independent advice, information and support via their preferred delivery channels such as face-to-face, telephone, web chat, digital tools, social media or self-help literature

  7. Be provided with regular welfare breaks in respect of hours of work, shore leave, length of journey, etc. in order to reduce fatigue and to maintain their health and wellbeing

  8. Thrive and have their uniqueness respected within a culturally diverse working environment without fear of bullying or harassment. This includes equality of opportunity and respecting language, food, religion, and behavioural differences

  9. Transition from sea to shore. This includes supporting the provision of short-term accommodation and other welfare and support services aimed at adjusting from working at sea

  10. Obtain dignity in retirement through access to financial security, appropriate accommodation and a network of support from maritime welfare charities.

Each year, the charity provides vital support to seafarers in need by giving grants to organisations and projects that make a real difference to their lives. 

If you are a charity or project seeking funding or looking for further information about how the sponsored organisations help individuals, visit the Seafarers website for more information.  


Photo caption

Catherine Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Seafarers UK

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