Nautilus helps mark ITF welfare anniversary

David Cockroft

Nautilus officials attending a 30th anniversary event for the ITF Seafarers’ Trust

Nautilus officials have taken part in special events to mark the 30th anniversary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Seafarers’ Trust.

Since its launch in 1982, the Trust has provided some US$200m to support seafarer welfare around the world and Nautilus took part in a seminar in London to discuss the best ways of serving seafarers in the future – and in particular when the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 comes into effect.

ITF general secretary David Cockroft told the meeting that the Trust had originally been seen as something of a ‘minibus jackpot’ for organisations seeking grants to provide shore-based transport for seafarers visiting ports – but it was now a sophisticated and effective organisation that coordinated global work to meet the complex welfare needs of seafarers.

Other speakers at the seminar included, International Shipping Federation secretary Natalie Shaw, Seafarers Rights International director Deirdre Fitzpatrick, International Christian Maritime Association general secretary Hennie Le Grange, and Roger Harris, of the International Committee for Seafarers Welfare.

Tom Holmer, administrative officer of the Seafarers’ Trust, commented: ‘Legislative, social and technical factors mean that seafarers’ needs are changing, and we have to be ready to change to meet them.’

Photographs by Andrew Wiard

23/03/2012

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