Supporting Seafarers Through Coronavirus (COVID19)


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Welcome to Port Visitor

Port Visitor aims to provide information, support and assistance to seafarers who are affected by or concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak, signposting them to the appropriate resources and organisations. 


According to the World Health Organisation, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.


Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.




The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.


The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).


At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

About PortVisitor.com

Port Visitor is a new platform for informing seafarers about welfare services available in ports around the world. It is an ISWAN project funded by ITF Seafarers’ Trust, TK Foundation, Seafarers UK and Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), and managed by MNWB.

The key objectives of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board are to:

> Help improve the effectiveness of all those charities caring for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants and this is done irrespective of nationality, religion or ethnic background.

> Strive to ensure that all welfare needs are met through the most effective deployment of resources.

> Facilitate the work of Constituent organisations through the provision of grants and specialist support services.

> Provide a dedicated welfare support and referral service for UK seafarers and their dependants.

> Manage and support Port Welfare Committees to develop local welfare services.

> Encourage and enable closer collaboration amongst both Constituent organisations and Port Welfare Committees.

> Represent and raise awareness of seafarers’ welfare issues at national level.