25 June marks the Day of the Seafarer with ‘Seafarers’ wellbeing’ as this year’s theme. Wellbeing, and particularly mental wellbeing, has become a hot issue in recent years both in the maritime sphere and beyond. In spite of the enormous developments in human achievement with new...

[caption id="attachment_1893" align="aligncenter" width="336"] Katie Higginbottom, New Head of ITF Seafarers' Trust[/caption] We are delighted to announce that Katie Higginbottom has been appointed as the new Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust.   The post attracted a strong field of able candidates, but the interview panel were pleased...

It was with great sadness that the Trust heard of the passing of Joseph Chacko, his wife Leena and a colleague from the Kandla Seafarers' Centre in India last week. Joseph was a dear friend to the Trust. He was truly a good man who really...

We are very excited to launch the new version of Shore Leave, the Seafarers’ Trust app designed for seafarers. This time all of the seafarers' centres listed in the app are involved, and we need your help to make this successful. The aim of the new...

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust received an award at the Safety At Sea Awards 2017 held in London on 12 September. The ITF Seafarers' Trust was the winner in the category of “Best Communications Product or Service” for its Portable Communication Pods, which provide a way for...

SeafarerHelp, the confidential assistance service for seafarers and their families, has launched a new website aimed at improving usability. Hosted by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and supported by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, SeafarerHelp is  a free-to-use service available to seafarers 24/7, 365...

Originally published in Maritime Professional 2016 In today’s world of fiber optic broadband, 4G mobile networks and app innovation, we have all come to expect the super-fast delivery of our online communications. For seafarers, however, the unique environment of being away at sea for many months...

The Onboard Online project aims to provide ITF Inspectors with a mobile Hot-Spot to be taken on board vessels during inspections. We suggest leaving the Hot-Spot in the mess room, maybe asking the chief cook to be in charge of it. Once the inspection is...

March 8, 2016 marks International Women's Day. International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate progress made and highlight areas which continue to fall behind. Above all,  International Women's Day celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role...

Our previous post on the must have apps for maritime workers included a list on both online and offline apps (for those of you who are still unsure, offline apps rely on no internet connection to function). This got us thinking.What tips and tools are out...

Smartphones and tablet devices are now hugely important to the working lives of seafarers. Below we have listed just some of the free apps available that we believe are essential downloads for seafarers and those employed in the maritime sector. We have tried to include...

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