The pandemic has unfortunately placed additional hardships on seafarers and their families, and this kind of crisis illustrates the need for collaborative working and coordinated planning.
In July, our Deputy CE Sharon Coveney attended several remote discussion meetings and provided support to the Vancouver maritime community to help facilitate the establishment of a welfare committee.
Therefore, the IPWP team were delighted to learn that the Canada’s Seafarers’ Welfare Board has also been formed to act as a forum for coordinating seafarer welfare in Canada. It will also promote maritime works, access to recreational, cultural and medical services, as well as shore-based welfare facilities.
For more information about the Board and what this will mean for seafarers in the area please see: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/11/transport-canada-and-marine-stakeholders-establish-the-seafarers-welfare-board.html