Seafarers' Trust Announces Latest Grants

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27 March 2012 
The ITF Seafarers’ Trust, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary with a major seminar in London on seafarers’ welfare, today announced its latest grants.
The following donations, totalling £1,078,533 (USD1,711,685) have been agreed:
1. World Maritime University: £168,000 (USD266,624) to support five students from developing countries to attend courses on maritime administration, port operations and maritime law and policy
2.ICSW (International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare): £422,533 (USD670,581). This sum includes financial assistance for: welfare facilities for seafarers in South East Asia, including a new seafarers’ centre in Vietnam; the International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards 2012; a seminar and research into ‘port levies’ for seafarers’ welfare worldwide. The Seafarers’ Trust is also sponsoring a full time post for one year for a project manager to assist the work of the ICSW.
3. The International Maritime Health Association (IMHA): £88,000 (USD139,660) for a study on occupational health, a handbook for medical practitioners treating seafarers, and towards a project with the European Space Agency on telemedicine (eHIRS)
4. The Chauncy Maples project, which is renovating a ship on lake Malawi to provide medical services to isolated maritime and fishing communities: £120,000 (USD190,446). The focus of the health project will be prevention of HIV/AIDS
5. The Hub at Wallasey, retired seafarers’ centre near Liverpool: £150,000 (USD238, 057) towards a new building.
6. The North American Maritime Ministry Association: £130,000 (USD206,316) to recruit and support a full time director for two years
Tom Holmer, administrative officer of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, said: “This anniversary has been a landmark for us. With the support of the seafarers’ welfare community we have been able to share and explore how best to meet the changing demands of helping seafarers. This latest tranche of grants builds upon the excellent work undertaken by these organisations and is a great pointer towards the future.”
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