Our seafarers are our lifeline

Our seafarers are our lifeline


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We can be there when they need us.

As the winter months close in we’re all continuing to feel the impact of the pandemic. Increased food and fuel costs, and transport problems resulting in less on the shelves this winter. These seafarers are invisible keyworkers and have worked tirelessly to keep nations supplied throughout the pandemic but too often it requires sacrifice. Uncertainty over pay, long working days, and months at sea isolated from their families. This happened to Arvind when his ship was detained at a port last year.

'Our vessel was detained in Russia,' He explains. 'The reason for detention was outstanding wages. The owner abandoned us, and we were stuck for almost five months.' 

Local authorities took care of the crew’s basic needs, but Arvind and his crewmates were worried about their families back home and distressed that they couldn’t reach the shipowner. They contacted The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) one of our delivery partners who registered the crew as abandoned and then contacted the relevant authorities. ISWAN is a membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world.

'We were able to recover our wages after nearly a year, three months of pending wages have been recovered out of four.' 

With their help, the crew’s wages were eventually paid, and they were repatriated in mid-2020. With all authorities working together and by applying pressure on the owners, Arvind and the crew were finally paid a further three months’ wages in September this year.

Arvind’s story is just one example of the many seafarers in need of welfare support. The Seafarers’ Charity provides funding to ISWAN and other organisations who offer immediate, essential aid to seafarers and their families who are directly involved in sudden or unforeseen crises. Seafarers are our lifeline. This year, our Winter Appeal highlights the sacrifice our seafarers make for us. Without them winter would be a struggle for so many more of us.

This winter, will you make a life-changing difference to seafarers and their families?

£30 can help provide three winter parcels for stranded and vulnerable seafarers who are isolated from their families. Parcels include woollen hat, gloves and scarf, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, razor, shaving foam, flannel, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, and more.

£50 could provide a 24GB data sim card to enable seafarer who is stranded away from home to speak with their family.

£200 could cover the cost of an emergency fund grant for a seafarer and their family in crisis to cover expenses such as psychological counselling, medical bills, repatriation, or a number of other unexpected costs.

Your donation will help us give seafarers and their families somewhere to turn for support in a time of crisis. Thank you.

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