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Resources for Seafarers


The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (Entry into force:20 Aug 2013) recommends that ships include "a library containing vocational and other books, the stock of which should be adequate for the duration of the voyage and changed at reasonable intervals" (Guideline B3.1.11f). Crews rely on books for their recreation, education and self-help needs.

Crew Library Services

  • The Marine Society, a registered charity based in the UK, delivers books in and crew library services to hundreds of ships throughout the world.

  • The American Merchant Marine Library Association (AMMLA) distributes books and magazines to US and allied nations' seafarers.

  • Ocean Books has been providing library services to the Cruise Industry for over 25 years as well as commissioning and managing on-board libraries.
  • SeafarerHelp provides details for worldwide, multi-lingual support available via live chat, SMS Skype, telephone or email. SeafarerHelp is sponsored by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) an organization dedicated to the well-being of seafarers.

  • Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) assists seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage.
  • Maritime Labour Convention 2006 - (Entry into force: 20 August 2013) On 23 February 2006, the 94th International Labour Conference (Maritime) adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which sets out the conditions for decent work in the global maritime sector.

  • International Labour Standards on Seafarers from the International Labour Organization (ILO), provides information on relevant ILO instruments.

  • Center for Seafarers' Rights (CSR) provides professional legal services for seafarers around the globe.

  • International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF Seafarers) provide background information on the Maritime Labour Convention MLC, answer questions about additional basic rights for seafarers and provide information resources for seafarers worldwide.
  • Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA)

  • Papua New Guinea Women in Maritime Association (PNGWIMA) contact:

  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) - an international organization for women in management positions involved in maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide.

  • International Transport Workers' Federation: Women Seafarers
  •  See also