Humanitarian Response

We are a pan-industry alliance of ship owners, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare associations, working together with one aim:

"to assist seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage."

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...the lifeline for seafarers.


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Latest News

Our website is regularly updated with the latest news on Maritime Piracy and MPHRP activities from around the world. This includes news of incidents, success stories involving seafarers getting home safely and reports on the work of MPHRP and other anti piracy organisations.

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Support for Families

A key part of our work is to provide support and advice, not only for seafarers, but also their families.

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The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Fund (MPHRF) is for the MPHRP or other welfare organisations to provide financial assistance to seafarers and/or their immediate family members who are directly affected by piracy and armed robbery.


Courses and Training

The programme has produced a series of training modules and resources for shipping companies, manning agents, seafarers and those who provide Welfare Response to seafarers and families.

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The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme presents its series of Good Practice Guides for Shipping Companies and Manning Agents for the Humanitarian Support of Seafarers and their Families involved in Piracy incidents.

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17 May 2016

MPHRP carries out needs assessment in India and Bangladesh

Chirag Bahri travelled to Mumbai and Bangladesh with Cosette Maiky, who is carrying out a needs assessment for ISWAN on the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme

12 April 2016

MPHRP visit at Maximus ship’s crew home

Chirag Bahri of ISWAN / MPHRP visited the home of one of the Indian crew members of Maximus in India. He and one other seafarer was kidnapped by Nigerian pirates in February 2016 and released after 38 days of captivity. Both the hostages were ABs taken off the ship to allow the pirates to get away from the Navy without being chased.

29 March 2016

Reassurance visits to families in the Philippines

Jun Pablo visits the families of hostages held in Somalia and also those of seafarers missing at sea

4 March 2016

Welfare Responder visiting survivors

Apinya Tajit, welfare responder for ISWAN/ MPHRP in Thailand, visiting seafarers in Bangladesh

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