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Supporting the establishment of seafarers' welfare boards worldwide
Supporting the establishment of seafarers' welfare boards worldwide

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The Gladstone Observer has run an article on the formation of the Port Welfare Committee in Gladstone. It features some great videos taken in the build up to the inaugural meeting of the Committee.

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Here are a selection of photos from the inaugural meeting of the Gladstone Port Welfare Committee.

This is the first PWC to be officially launched by the IPWP pilot project!
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Gladstone Port Welfare Committee Inaugural Meeting
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We are delighted to announce that the first of the pilot project's inaugural Port Welfare Committee meetings has taken place!

Yesterday, the Port of Gladstone in Australia held its first formal meeting. More than 20 people representing all sectors of the maritime community (inluding Government, Port Authority, Unions, Ship Owners and Voluntary Organisations) attended the meeting along with our Project Manager, Peter Tomlin. Plenty of lively discussion over seafarers' welfare in the port took place and decisions were made about the best direction for everyone to work towards.

Many thanks to Gladstone Ports Corporation and Capt. Gary Wilson for all the assistance they have provided.
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The pilot project well and truly swings into action at the end of this week as a member of our project team heads to Australia!

Peter Tomlin, the Project Manager, will be visiting Gladstone Ports Corporation and Port of Brisbane to meet with the key personnel and help arrange inaugural Port Welfare Committee meetings in these two locations.These visits are just the first of several that will be made to ports in countries all over the world over the next year.

We wish Peter luck, especially as he's heading into the dingo's den just as The Ashes begin!
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There is just over a week until the Project Executive Committee meets to select the countries and ports that will be assisted with creating Seafarers' Welfare Boards as part of the pilot project. If you are interested in doing so, we still really want to hear from you.

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Are you heading to the Connecticut Maritime Association Shipping Conference (http://www.shipping2015.com/) next week?

If so why not also pop in to the Seafarers' Welfare Conference being run in parallel there by the North American Maritime Ministry Association!

On Monday 23rd March Project Executive Committee members Roger Harris from ISWAN, David Parsons from MNWB and Jason Zuidema from ICMA will be presenting an “Introduction to International Port Welfare Pilot Project.”

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There are only 3 weeks to go until the Project Executive Committee meets to discuss which countries and ports will be supported by the pilot project.

So, if you are are keen to see either a National Seafarers' Welfare Board created in your country or a Port Welfare Committee created in your port area then don't delay and get in touch with us!

Visit us at https://www.portwelfare.org/contact-us-.html and let the Executive Committee know that you are passionate about the welfare of seafarers!

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ITF Seafarers Trust are very kindly funding this pilot project and it is great to work in partnership with others who care about the welfare of seafarers.
Kimberly Karlshoej, the Head of the ITF Seafarers Trust attended the project launch event and told us why the Trust felt this was an important project to support.

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This project is being managed and operated on behalf of ISWAN by the UK Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB). MNWB's Chief Executive, Captain David Parsons is also a member of the Project Executive Committee. At the recent project launch event Capt. Parsons explained the important role welfare boards play.

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The International Port Welfare Partnership Project is an International Seafarers Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN) project. Its Executive Director, Roger Harris provided these thoughts at the project launch event last month.
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