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."

Seafarer Help

...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.

Publications >

2 March 2015

Indian Asphalt Venture Crew Assisted with Humanitarian Support in Mumbai

The 7 Indian crew of Asphalt Venture were invited to Mumbai by Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) as part of their ongoing, post release humanitarian support.

27 February 2015

Thai Crew of Prantalay 12 Released From Captivity in Somalia

MPHRP has welcomed the news that after 4 years, 10 months and 9 days held in captivity by Somali pirates the four Thai crew of the fishing vessel Prantalay 12 have been released and are on their way home.

27 February 2015

Welfare Responder Course planned for Hamburg, April 2015

The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme is delivering training for welfare responses to piracy and other violent maritime crime. The next course will be held on 14th and 15th April in Hamburg, Germany.

25 February 2015

Bangladesh Exempt Seafarers Affected by Maritime Piracy with Sea Service Requirements

The Bangladesh Shipping Ministry has recently issued a circular in which seafarers affected by maritime piracy will be exempted with special conditions to fulfil sea service requirements in order to appear for examinations.

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