Guidance on Missing Seafarers Issued
New guidance on dealing with situations involving missing seafarers has been produced by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and InterManager.
Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies & Manning Agents working with situations involving missing seafarers covers managing relationships on board, actions that should be taken and managing relationships with the families of seafarers who have gone missing. It includes details of recommended procedures to follow, templates and scripts for communicating with families and further resources including contact details for reporting incidents of missing seafarers.
The guide expands upon ISWAN's previous publication, Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies and Manning Agents: Humanitarian support of seafarers and their families in cases of armed robbery and piracy attack to cover a broader range of issues where seafarers may be missing.
The Guidance is available here.
Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Program Updated
Separately, the flagship program of the charity Human Rights at Sea, the Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme, has been updated and the website refreshed to ensure easier and more efficient use.
The charity has been running the program since 2015, during which time individual cases have been submitted by families and details uploaded from publicly available information highlighting losses of seafarers and fishermen at sea.
The database continues to develop and grow with private donor support and is available here.