Northern Ireland Port Welfare Committee

About the Northern Ireland PWC

The Northern Ireland Port Welfare Committee covers the ports for the whole of Northern Ireland. The committee reflects the diverse nature of the Northern Ireland maritime community with members representing a wide range of maritime agencies and societies involved with seafarers’ welfare.

The PWC meets three times a year to discuss the welfare of seafarers visiting their ports, working together to ensure that seafarers can expect and receive a high standard of care and facilities in line with MLC 2006 and ISPS 2004. As well as providing mutual support and the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the maritime sector, meetings also provide an opportunity to brief members on national policies and issues that may be relevant to visiting or resident seafarers and their families.

For further information, please contact the Port Welfare Committee Manager, Susan Atkinson via

Our next meetings are:

Thursday, 22 February 2024 –  General Meeting, Kilkeel

Thursday, 6 June 2024 – General Meeting, Belfast Harbour Office

Tuesday, 8 October 2024  – Annual General Meeting, Belfast


Mr Paul Hayes (Belfast Harbour)


Mr Sam Cowan (Seafarers’ Christian Friend Society)

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