Online Ship Welfare Visitor Course (SWVC)

Course Outline Register

The new, online version of the Ship Welfare Visitor Course was launched in February 2017 and replaces the two day classroom course.  It has been developed in partnership with NAMMA (North American Maritime Ministry Association) and is approved by ICMA (the International Christian Maritime Association.)  The course is aimed at all employees and volunteers of Constituent Member maritime charities involved with visiting seafarers’ on-board ships and in a port environment.  This is as equally valuable to Port Chaplains as it is to a volunteer driving the local Seafarer Centre minibus.  The course includes basic health and safety, understanding shipboard / port management and organisation, ship routines and protocol, potential seafarers’ issues and seafarers’ backgrounds, and the Maritime Labour Convention (2006).  The online course can be completed at the individual's own pace, from the comfort of their own home.  An industry recognised ID card is issued on completion of the course.

Course Aim

To equip ship visitors with a full appreciation of protocol, personal safety and security issues relating to port facilities and ships.

Course Objectives

  • Provide an overview of shipping and seafarers' welfare organisations
  • Introduce general maritime industry custom and practice
  • Describe ship types, shipboard organisation, trades and specific hazards
  • Enable good practice of personal safety when visiting port facilities and ships
  • Highlight current security issues
  • Explain basic goals of ship visiting, and improve individuals' ship visiting
  • Explain the basic elements of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Course Eligibility

Please note that this course is only open to those delegates who will be ship visiting on behalf of one of the ship visiting organisations eg Apostleship of the Sea, Mission to Seafarers, Sailors Society etc.

How to Register for the Course

Eligible candidates should visit to register for the course.  During the registration process, each candidate will be asked to name and provide contact details of a 'Supervisor' who should be somebody in the same organisation who can verify their credentials.  They will also be asked to select their 'Primary Affiliation' which should be the parent organisation under which the candidate will be ship visiting. If their own organisation is not on the list, Constituent Members of the MNWB should list this as their Primary Affiliation.  Once the candidate's application has been approved by their respective organisation, log-in details will be sent by email to the candidate, allowing them to commence the course.  On completion, the Supervisor will be asked to verify that all modules have been completed satisfactorily. Thereafter, an industry recognised Ship Welfare Visitor I.D. Card will be issued to the candidate by post. 

There is an administration fee of £20 per delegate to register for the course.


For further information please contact Helen van Gass, Training Manager on 02380 337799 or via e-mail .

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