About the awards

The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards give seafarers the chance to say thank you to companies and organisations who have offered them high quality welfare services and facilities.

By raising awareness of best practice, ISWAN hopes to encourage improvements in existing welfare provision and promote new services and facilities for seafarers around the world. This is part of ISWAN's on-going work to promote implementation of the International Labour Organization's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006), which includes welfare obligations and recommendations.

The 2018 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards ceremony took place at the International Labour Organization in Geneva on 23rd April 2018.


ISWAN promotes seafarers' welfare and directly serves seafarers by providing a 24-hour, multilingual helpline. In addition to promoting implementation of the MLC, 2006, ISWAN works in collaboration with companies, unions, governments and welfare organisations. Together they run projects which enable the establishment of welfare services and facilities on board ship and in ports. ISWAN is a membership organisation. The International Chamber of Shipping, International Transport Workers' Federation, and the International Christian Maritime Association are the core members. Find out more

The awards process

Nominations are made by seafarers Nominees are invited to submit an entry describing their services/facilities. Entries are judged by a prestigious panel from the shipping industry. Winners attend the awards ceremony

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