Responding to emergencies and crises simplified

The Seafarers Emergency Fund was set up by The TK Foundation and is supported by the ITF Seafarers Trust.   The fund is used to provide immediate, essential aid to seafarers and the families of seafarers who are directly involved in sudden and unforeseen crises. 

Welfare organisations can apply to this fund when responding to people in crisis.  The fund will help responders to purchase goods and services to relieve the need brought on by such crises. A panel of advisers including Reverend Hennie la Grange (ICMA General Secretary) and Mr Douglas B. Stevenson (ICMA’s Chair and Director of the Center for Seafarers Rights) considers each  application in confidence and on its own merits.

Applications for assistance should be sent to the International Seafarers Assistance Network (ISAN) and the International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW).

In the past the rules and guidelines for applying for a SEF grant meant that the process was not easy and that, as a result, it often took a long time to deal with applications.
The rules and guidelines for the SEF have now been simplified to make the application process much easier so that seafarers, or their families, who find themselves in trouble can be assisted quickly and easily.  The stringent requirements that applying organisations had to meet in the past have been relaxed and the administrative processes have been changed to reduce the time it takes to get a decision on a grant.

Applications will now go to  which is a dedicated 24 hour, 365 day per year administrative centre run by ISAN and the ICSW.  There is a 24 hours target to deal with applications.  However, transferring funds internationally normally takes a few days.

Applying organisations need to submit a report within 2 months of receiving the grant.   The report should include the receipts and an account explaining how the grant was expended.

Take a look at the Seafarers Emergency Fund page at ICSW.   Or, for more information, please email