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Seafarers’ Welfare in the Caribbean 2019

Introduction: With the support of the International Port Welfare Partnership (IPWP) project (, this seminar will bring together those interested in seafarers’ welfare in the Caribbean area. The IPWP is a project by ISWAN and the UK Merchant Navy Welfare Board to encourage and support the establishment of welfare boards and port welfare committees worldwide, in accordance with ILO MLC, 2006. These committees provide the forum for maritime organisations to regularly meet and support port welfare services and facilities in improving seafarers’ lives. This IPWP 2-day seminar will be hosted in North America by NAMMA and will be in Tampa, Florida, March 5-6. Representatives of industry, labor, government, the media, and welfare providers from ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and nearby United States are all welcome. The goals of the seminar will be to strengthen partnerships for port-based welfare service, share best practice, and plant the seeds for additional work for seafarers’ welfare in the future.  It will be an ideal location to meet other individuals and organizations that are working or wish to work in the Caribbean and surrounding area.

Location: Tampa, Florida, United States

Hotel and Conference center: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, 111 West Fortune Street, Tampa, Fl 33602.  Rate: $135USD/night + tax. Parking: $5/day. Free breakfast. Free shuttle bus to Tampa airport. CLICK HERE to reserve hotel.

Registration costs: $75USD (includes program, coffee breaks, dinner March 5, and lunch March 6). CLICK HERE to register and pay the registration fee.

Financial support: We are happy to announce that through the generosity of the IPWP project, we are able to offer a limited number of bursaries to help cover the costs:

  • $500 bursary (5 available) – Registration costs or any combination of hotel or travel costs (available to guests from Caribbean islands or Bermuda only)
  • $250 bursary – (25 available) – Registration costs and any combination of hotel or travel costs (available to guests from Caribbean islands, Bermuda, US mainland and any other international partner working in seafarers’ wellbeing)

Bursaries will be paid by NAMMA treasurer at or after the seminar upon presentation of relevant receipts. To apply for a bursary or for any other questions, please write to

March 5
(optional – 10 a.m. – excursion to Tampa Seafarers’ Center)
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Arrival and Seminar Registration
1 p.m. – Start of Seminar
1 p.m. – Welcome and Seminar Introduction
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 1 –
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Coffee break
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Session 2
7 p.m. – Dinner (provided with registration)

March 6
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Session 3
2:15 – 2:45 – Coffee break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Session 4
12 p.m. – Lunch (provided with registration)
1 p.m. – End of Seminar
(optional – 2 p.m. Excursion to Tampa Seafarers’ Center)

Confirmed Presence:

  • Rev. Marsh Drege, Seafarers International House, New York, NY
  • Lesley Warrick, Seafarers’ House, Ft Lauderdale
  • Roger Harris, ISWAN, Croyden, UK
  • Sharon Emerson, Corpus Christi International Seamen’s Center, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Stuart Rivers, Sailors’ Society, Southampton, UK
  • Rebecca Stalker, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Southampton, UK
  • Peter Tomlin, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Southampton, UK
  • Sharon Coveney, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Southampton, UK
  • Douglas Stevenson, Center for Seafarers’ Rights, SCI NY/NY
  • Rev. Andrew Wright, The Mission to Seafarers, London, UK
  • (TBD) United States Coast Guard
  • Dr. Jason Zuidema, NAMMA/ICMA
  • Steve Finnesy, Tampa Seafarers’ Center
  • Fr. Bruno Ciceri, Apostolatus Maris, The Vatican
  • Rev. Ørnulf Steen, Norwegian Seamen’s Church
  • Fr. Lito Capeding, Apostleship of the Sea, Mobile, AL
  • Deacon John Archer, Apostleship of the Sea, Mobile, AL
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