Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP)


Incidences of piracy may have seen an overall reduction worldwide, but it still remains a real threat to seafarers going about their business in many parts of the world. According to the International Maritime Bureau, the first three quarters of 2015 witnessed the boarding of 154 vessels by pirates, with 15 ships hijacked, 226 crew taken hostage, 14 seafarers assaulted, 13 injured, 10 kidnapped and one seafarer killed.

Behind many, if not all, of these attacks, will be residual trauma impacting both seafarers and their loved ones ashore. MPHRP, which is funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, TK Foundation and Seafarers UK, is a pan-industry alliance of ship-owners, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare associations. Its purpose is to assist seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage. MPHRP not only provides practical support and advice for seafarers who may have been victims of piracy, but also their families.

MPHRP has produced a series of training modules and resources for shipping companies, manning agents, seafarers and other interested parties who provide a welfare response to seafarers and families affected by piracy. Also available are a number of MPHRP publications which take the form of Good Practice guides to assist seafarers and their families in the aftermath of piracy incidents.

The MPHRP is administered by the International Seafarers’Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

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