Shore Leave is an app designed for seafarers. Are you approaching a new port? Searching for the nearest seafarers’ centre? Looking for reliable transport to the city? Shore Leave is what you need. Store all seafarers’ centre contact details into your smartphone, and keep them always with you, wherever you go. Once you arrive in a port, just switch on your phone, open Shore Leave, and in few clicks you will be able to get in touch with the nearest seafarers’ centre. Shore Leave is working properly without any internet connection, once downloaded it works offline.
The new version of Shore Leave includes additional features like the possibility for seafarers to leave reviews of seafarers’ centres. Seamen’s clubs are all about seafarers, so we want to hear your advice on how to improve the service offered. With this new feature seafarers can rate seamen’s clubs and leave feedbacks on the quality of their experience ashore in more than 400 clubs around the world. This will help us to better address your requests and improve the quality of the welfare on offer.
Shore Leave is available for free for Android and IPhone.Download for iOS Download for Android
Seafarers facing legal problems can now obtain immediate information concerning their rights, wherever they are in the world, with a new app formally launched today by Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) after three months of user testing.
Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of SRI said: “Seafarers need tangible support 24/7. There are many good companies and maritime administrations that provide seafarers with assistance and support with regard to their human rights. However where that is not the case, this app will provide a lifeline for seafarers. The app has been designed to operate offline so that seafarers can access information at all times. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.
The app has a unique ‘Find a Lawyer’ tool which gives immediate access to a database of lawyers around the world who have signed up to the SRI Charter – a statement of good practice in the provision of legal services to seafarers – and who may be able to offer assistance to seafarers facing criminal prosecution.”
Brian Orrell OBE, Chairman of the Advisory Board of SRI said:
“It is important that the work of SRI gets directly to seafarers. This is why this practical advice is now being made available on an app, and we are also producing on-line education materials free of charge for seafarers to raise their awareness around subjects relevant to their working lives. This education will ensure that seafarers’ rights are real and meaningful for them.”
In March 2013, the ITF launched two separate apps – Look up a ship and Find an inspector. These apps enabled seafarers to find out ship particulars, and to make contact with ITF inspectors and affiliated maritime unions. Both apps had very positive feedback from seafarers and those chartering ships alike, which inspired the ITF to combine and improve the apps into a one-stop-shop for seafarer needs.
“By making the apps available for free on the two most widely used smartphone operating systems, we hope to reach many seafarers”, said Steve Trowsdale, ITF Inspectorate Coordinator. “Seafarers can now use the app to look up a ship, find an inspector or union, and get in contact with the ITF helpline. The app will also leave a local copy of the find an inspector data on your phone, so even if you can’t access the internet on-board ship, your phone will remember all the information you need to stay informed”. ITF Seafarers will continue to be developed with new features expected soon.Download for iOS Download for Android