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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

The numbers tell the story

31 March 2016

ISWAN – the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network – meets a real, daily demand. Many of the world’s seafarers – who bring us here in the UK virtually all we need in bulk goods (95% of everything we use and depend on) – are often out on their own when they need help. The same applies to their families, at home with their breadwinner at sea for months at a time. (One seafarer MFUK encountered, on a Chinese coal carrier, had been away from home for 18 months straight.) So – how do the numbers stack up? Last year ISWAN – working closely with partners like the International Transport Workers Federation, the International Chamber of Shipping, and governments worldwide – dealt with:

1,920 cases…

… on behalf of 7,710 seafarers…

… of 84 nationalities…

… in 113 countries.

Needed? You bet.

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About Rob

Rob WhiteRob 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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