A world away…
22 March 2016
Doesn’t look much, does it? A touch sad, maybe..? Not a bit of it! This is the modest building where ISWAN – the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network – reaches out to seafarers all round the world whenever they ask for help. On an upper floor, in a very small and far from luxurious suite of offices (ISWAN spends money for those it helps, not on itself), SeafarerHelp’s multilingual support goes on 24/7. When business is busy, a world of languages can be heard – Chinese, Spanish and Russian, etc., ringing out across the open plan space where other work goes forward, including research into health at sea and support for seafarers and families who’ve been hit by the scourge of modern piracy. And all just a step away from Sainsbury’s in downtown Croydon. Go to www.maritimefilmsuk.tv/films to see our take on them.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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