MACN attended the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (#ISWAN) 2023 seminar held in Helsinki on 16 November. The seminar focused on the overarching theme: “Addressing the maritime recruitment crisis: Seafarer wellbeing in a changing world”. An often-hidden aspect of this ‘crisis’ is the illicit payments many seafarers in developing nations are requested to pay to secure essential sea time, obtain certificates, secure employment, etc.
MACN is currently providing online awareness training for new cadets on how to spot and reject these payments. However, training alone is not sufficient. Therefore, in 2024 and onwards, MACN will utilize its industry network to address this issue further.