ICMA is pleased to be on the Executive Committee of the new International Port Welfare Partnership Pilot Project. This project is a way to increase knowledge and use of welfare boards as set out in the MLC, 2006. These boards include not only representatives of voluntary organizations like those represented in ICMA, but all other industry, labor and government representatives that might be necessary to serve adequately seafarers in that port or region. Many areas might already have boards that correspond to the intentions for welfare boards of the MLC, 2006, but others do not. This pilot project will help a select group of ports or regions develop welfare boards with the hopes of developing ideas and experience that could mean healthy welfare boards could be found serving ports worldwide.
As the voluntary society representative on the project executive committee, ICMA has been closely involved in the process. We can now announce the launch the portwelfare.org website. We encourage you to check out that website, especially the ‘voluntary organization’ tab under welfare providers.
With that website launched, we are at the perfect point, therefore, to get to know the project with our members and promote the idea of welfare boards per the MLC, 2006. Please check out the website and enter your details to show you are interested in knowing more!