Seafarer Abuse: almost 50% increase from 2022

ISWAN’s helplines show that the reported seafarer abuse, bullying, harassment, or discrimination increased by almost 50% from the end of 2022.

Data from ISWAN’s helplines show that number of reported seafarer abuse, bullying, harassment, or discrimination increased by almost 50% in Q1 2023 compared to the previous quarter.

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The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has released the first in a series of quarterly infographics sharing data from its helpline services, providing the maritime sector with intelligence on global seafarer abuse issues with the aim to drive positive change.

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Seafarer Abuse Report

In its ISWAN Insights: Spotlight on Q1 2023 infographic, ISWAN highlights increasing reports of seafarer abuse, bullying, harassment, and discrimination as a key trend across its helpline services. Cases involving these issues (seafarer abuse) increased by 45% from Q4 2022 to Q1 2023 across all ISWAN helplines, which offer practical, emotional, and well-being support to seafarers of any nationality. The majority of these cases related to abusive or bullying behavior by senior officers, and 19% involved sexual seafarer abuse or sexual harassment.

On ISWAN’s Yacht Crew Help helpline, cases involving seafarer abuse, bullying, harassment, and discrimination increased by 125% quarter-on-quarter, highlighting a key problem area for the superyacht industry to tackle.

A word from the CEO

‘ISWAN’s helplines SeafarerHelp and Yacht Crew Help are often the first port of call for any seafarer seeking support. Hundreds of seafarers contact our helplines every month and tell us about the problems they are facing, and we want to share the key trends and issues identified with the maritime sector to influence change.

‘This data is also informing our own work at ISWAN. For example, we are working with industry partners to produce a personal safety resource for those seeking work on board yachts, which will be released soon, in response to an increase in calls to Yacht Crew Help from often green crew who had experienced abuse (often sexual) whilst working on board. ISWAN is also a member of the Center for Ocean Policy and Economics (COPE°) Working Group for Psychological Safety, Bullying and Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Maritime Sector, and we are involved in a growing network of like-minded individuals and organisations who are coming together to find and develop preventative solutions to this growing crisis.’

Simon Grainge, Chief Executive Officer, ISWAN
Seafarer Abuse: almost 50% increase from 2022

Seafarers who have been affected by abuse, bullying, harassment, or discrimination can contact ISWAN’s free, confidential, multilingual, 24-hour helplines for support. SeafarerHelp (www.seafarerhelp.org) is available to any seafarer or family member, and Yacht Crew Help (www.yachtcrewhelp.org) provides support specifically to those working on board yachts. ISWAN’s helpline team is trained in providing emotional support and offers a listening ear to any seafarer with a worry or problem.

Source: ISWAN

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