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7th October 2020

London P&I Club joins ISWAN

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The London P&I Club is delighted to announce its membership of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

ISWAN is a network of international organisations committed to improving the welfare of seafarers. Through ISWAN membership, The London Club can become more active in helping to improve the lives of seafarers.

Ian Gooch, CEO of the club’s managers (A Bilbrough & Co Ltd) said:

“At the London P&I Club we recognise that seafarers are the heart and the driving force of our industry and we are delighted to become a member of ISWAN. Its help and support for seafarers all over the world is particularly important during these challenging times. For example, ISWAN’s 24 hour, multilingual Seafarer Help is an important facility, providing a key service in helping seafarers mental health and wellbeing.”

ISWAN provides a number of direct welfare services to seafarers and their families, including the free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline Seafarer Help which ensures immediate help and support is available at any time of day, anywhere in the world. The organisation also administers four relief funds for seafarers and their families in need and provides a range of free health information resources, including three self-help Good Mental Health Guides.

ISWAN’s Executive Director Roger Harris said:

“Times have been particularly tough for our seafarers with the crew change crisis only escalating as the pandemic continues to impact the industry. Now, more than ever before, our seafarers need a lifeline to know that they have our support and that there are resources available to help them. It is thanks to organisations such as the London P&I Club joining our organisation that this message can be spread further.”

For more information about membership of ISWAN and to enquire about joining, please click here.


Notes to editors

London P&I Club
Insuring a diverse range of shipowners and charterers, The London P&I Club is one of the world’s leading Protection and Indemnity Associations, providing P&I, FD&D and War Risks cover to our international membership. From tailored solutions to flexible insurance packages – all of our work is directed at meeting our members’ specific needs.

We are proud of our position within the International Group of P&I Clubs, where we play a key role in coordinating and promoting the collective, global strength of the P&I industry on behalf of the world’s shipowning community.

At the London P&I Club, we are committed to providing the best possible service to our members. High quality, responsive support is fundamental to the way we work. The interests of our members are protected by a specialised team with a world-wide reach, including experienced lawyers, former mariners and insurance professionals. The day-to-day operation of the Club is performed by our managers, A Bilbrough & Co Ltd.

We have offices in London, Hong Kong and Piraeus; in Seoul we co-operate on a range of P&I activities with AB Korea Co., Ltd - and we have a global network of correspondents, lawyers and surveyors, all of which ensures our provision of a high calibre 24-hour service to our members, wherever they are based.

International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN): A charity and membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world. The free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline, SeafarerHelp, is one of the direct welfare services that ISWAN provides to seafarers. Others include relief funds for seafarers and their family members in need and a range of health information resources. ISWAN works with companies, unions, governments, welfare organisations and ports for the implementation of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. ISWAN supports those who establish and provide welfare facilities and services in port and on ships. ISWAN is funded by membership subscriptions, grants from foundations, sponsorship and earned income. For more information, visit

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