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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8 February 2016

Visits to training institutes in Chennai and Tuticorin

Chirag Bahri travelled to Chennai and Tuticorin from 2nd Feb to 5th Feb to present lectures at many prominent maritime training institutes on " The Importance of being prepared for crisis".

7 January 2016

A seafarers' account of capture by pirates

Nguyen Thanh Tu, aged 25, is a Vietnamese seafarer. He worked on board a Taiwanese fishing vessel which was attacked by Somalian pirates then held in captivity from 25th December 2010 to 17th July 2012. Tu narrated this story in December 2015. He has permitted the translation of his story for use by the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP). The full account can be downloaded at

29 December 2015

Asphalt Venture crew member returns to sea

Daniston Litton, one of the crew of the Asphalt Venture, has rejoined a merchant ship. He was earlier held in captivity for more than 4 years by Somali pirates with 6 other Indians, being released in October 2014 due to the support of various international partners.

22 December 2015

Iceberg 1 crew, three years on

Three years ago on 23 December 2012, seafarers were rescued by Puntland forces from the Iceberg 1. What has happened to some of the seafarers since then, and how has the programme helped them?

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