​Seafarer Welfare
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OBJECTIVES OF THE SEAFARER WELFARE UNIT
To provide assistance to seafarers and fishermen with problems pertaining to living and working conditions onboard ships.
To ensure that the families of deceased fishermen receive support when the tragedy occurs at sea.
Education about the dangers of substance abuse and prevention of HIV/Aids in the maritime industry and in fishing communities.
 
ROLE AND FUNCTIONS THE UNIT
Crew Queries which involve the following: 
Wage disputes
Health and safety issues onboard the vessel
Refusal by boat owners and fishing companies to release documents or certificates ( pre-sea safety, fire fighting, survival etc.)   back to the crewmember
Deduction of medical fees from crew members by boat owners 
Referral of other cases e.g. unfair dismissal, shareholding in the fishing  company or with the boat owner, to relevant government departments  ( Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries)
 
COUNSELLING
When a fisherman drowns at sea, counselling is offered to his next of kin.
Li​ase with the boat owner or the fishing company to find out if any monies are due to the deceased fisherman so that it can be paid to the family
Establish if insurance was taken out for the crew by the boat owner or the ship company
Referral to other government departments if there are children who qualify for a Child support grant and also if the body of a drowned fisherman has not been recovered : Department of  Social Development, Department of Justice
 
HIV/AIDS & SUBSTANCE ABUSE AWARENESS 
Awareness presentations on prevention of HIV/Aids and dangers of Substance Abuse in fishing communities and in the maritime industry
 
SEAFARER WELFARE UNIT
Location : 2 Long Street
Contact Person : Nolundi Dubase
Tel : +27(0)21 421 6170
Fax : +27(0)21 419 0730



 


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