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‘Overstretched and under-resourced’: the corporate neglect of port welfare services for seafarers

Sampson, Helen ORCID:, Turgo, Nelson ORCID:, Cadge, Wendy, Gilliat-Ray, Sophie ORCID: and Smith, Graeme 2023. ‘Overstretched and under-resourced’: the corporate neglect of port welfare services for seafarers. Maritime Policy and Management 50 (7) , pp. 876-888. 10.1080/03088839.2022.2084788

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In the context of the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, this paper draws on new qualitative data collected from seafarers’ welfare centres, charities involved in seafarers’ welfare service provision, seafarers, port chaplains and seafarers’ centre volunteers. It examines the kinds of port-based welfare services currently provided to seafarers, and whether these meet seafarers’ expectations/needs. It provides new data on the perspectives of chaplains and stakeholder organisations in relation to the provision of seafarers’ services and starkly reveals the contemporary funding challenges experienced by these individuals/groups. The paper critically appraises the current reliance by ports, shipping companies, and government entities on the provision of free welfare services for seafarers. It concludes that Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, guidance relating to the funding of seafarers’ welfare services requires strengthening and that the funding of seafarers’ welfare services in ports across the world requires remedial action.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
History, Archaeology and Religion
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0308-8839
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 February 2022
Date of Acceptance: 15 February 2022
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2023 13:00

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