Annual International Seafarers’ Welfare awards presented at ILO

News | 08 April 2014
The International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) annual awards were presented Monday at a special ceremony hosted by the International Labour Organization.

The event took place on the opening day of a tripartite ILO meeting considering amendments to the ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 to address the specific issues of abandonment of seafarers and shipowners’ liability.

Welcoming participants at the award ceremony, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, said the awards represented the “recognition of people who do extraordinary work and are an encouragement to make further efforts for the welfare of seafarers. These are really important objectives and the ILO is pleased to play a role in this ceremony.”

“Working at sea in isolated circumstances can and does leave seafarers highly vulnerable,” Mr. Ryder said. “These realities should encourage all of us to redouble our efforts to ensure the welfare of those 1.5 million seafarers around the world.”