29 March 2016
That could be the motto of ISWAN – the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network, heroes and heroines of our latest film ‘Lifeline’. They do just what it says on the tin – they’re always there for seafarers, of all nationalities, 24 / 7 / 365. With seafaring more and more of an isolated job, with ships only in port sometimes for a matter of hours, even occasionally not touching shore at all (like when loading oil or gas from offshore terminals) the work of ISWAN is more important than ever. Pick up a phone, send an e-mail, whatever, and they’ll help with vital advice and put you in touch immediately with the nearest people who can assist you. Like the Mission to Seafarers and Seafarers UK, they’re a force for good. That’s the story our film sets out to tell.
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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