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 >

21 November 2014

Asphalt Venture Survivors Return Home to a Hero's Welcome

The 7 Indian crew of the Asphalt Venture arrive home...after more than 4 years!!

20 November 2014

The Seafarer who was kidnapped by pirates - twice

The story of Kings Nehemiah Okoye, a Nigerian Engineer, who has been kidnapped by pirates twice.

6 November 2014

The Industry Celebrates with the Released Asphalt Venture Crew and Families

The released Asphalt Venture crew and their families meet with prominent figures from the maritime industry in India at an event on 5th November.

5 November 2014

MPHRP Provides Counselling for Asphalt Venture Crew

The seafarers were counselled by Dr Harish Shetty who helped them to look forward in their life. Dr Shetty motivated each one of them and along with their wives.

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