Southern Port Welfare Committee

About the Southern PWC

The Southern Port Welfare Committee (PWC) covers the ports from Beachy Head in East Sussex to Portland in Dorset. The committee reflects the diverse nature of the maritime community on the south coast 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, Sarah Edward via

Our next meetings are:

Thursday, 18 January 2024 – General Meeting, ABP Southampton

Thursday, 16 May 2024 – General Meeting, DP World

Thursday, 19 September 2024 – Annual General Meeting, Portsmouth International Port


Capt. Martin Phipps MBE (ABP Southampton)


Revd. Philip Hiscock (Mission to Seafarers, Portsmouth)

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