This booklet has been prepared as a guide to the voluntary societies involved in port-based welfare globally. It is intended to outline the responsibilities of the authorities and other organisations that might become involved when problems are identified aboard a vessel whilst in port.
The guidance has been produced to assist port welfare committee members and welfare agencies, to review best practice following incidents of seafarers being abandoned, and vessels being arrested or detained. It is hoped that this booklet will provide some practical advice as to actions which should be taken and signposting to organisations who may be able to offer further assistance.
This guidance is intended to be adapted by national welfare boards to suit their particular circumstances.