The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is an international maritime charity which works to improve the lives of seafarers and their families with services, resources, strategies and advocacy.

Seafarers bring us 90% of the things we use every day and take care of us when we travel by sea, but their lives are often tough. They experience long periods away from family and friends with limited or no communication, fast turnaround in ports with restricted or no shore leave, reduced crew numbers and increased workloads.

ISWAN supports seafarers and their families around the world with its free helpline services (including SeafarerHelp and YachtCrewHelp), educational resources, relief funds and humanitarian support. The organisation also works to drive change within the maritime sector for better health and wellbeing amongst seafarers, using data from its helplines to identify areas of need and inform new projects and research. / /

ISWAN - Philippines (seafarers)