A charity crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise funds for developing world seafarers and their families that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. All funds raised go to the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network, a UK registered charity.

While much of the shipping industry take their responsibilities to their seafarers very seriously, there is still a real challenge facing many seafarers from the poorer regions of the world. Many are in lockdown with casual contracts and unable to work; others are facing difficulties due to lockdowns when they leave ships and are unable to return to their families with costs and little income coming in.

It is hoped the general public that are depending on this vital industry will show their support for seafarers with the campaign. Donations can be made here. So far, £ 2870 has been raised of the £ 25,000 target. The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) will disperse everything raised through their Seafarers Emergency Fund.

The campaign is supported by ISWAN (which includes the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) among its membership), the World Ocean Council (WOC), the Nautical Institute, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the International Windship Association (IWSA).