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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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MPHRP India Counselling session for 5 seafarers and families of Iceberg 1

3 February 2013

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Our picture shows Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrist speaking with the Indian Crew members of mv. Iceberg 1 at a reunion weekend arranged by Chirag Bahri of MPHRP India, with the assistance from its partners.  The five returned Indian crew and families met in Mumbai recently.  

The 2 day session included supportive counselling, skill building, creating networks and providing access to health services to deal with the post trauma stress. The methodology involved included role-plays, discussions, exercises and simulated learning of different life situations including spiritual aspects.


The family members had the oppertunity to share their experiences and thier fears for their sons and husbands.  At the end of the session there was a "Sea Change" in the perception of crew and families towards the return of the seafarers to sea. The families had earlier reservations on shipping as possible future job for their kins. They are now willing to go back to sea provided the ship sails in the coastal region.

The Indian Government also supported the crew and assured them of jobs on coastal ships, offshore vessels, oil rigs or shore based work as desired by the crew.

On the evening of the 27th, a party was organised to celebrate the release of the seafarers from captivity with music and dance. All 5 seafarers and their families thanked MPHRP for assisting them to overcome the trauma. One of the seafarers added, "we never thought that we would be provided with such facilities on return as it took 33 long months for our release."

MPHRP and the crew and families continue to press the authorities for information on the ships Chief Officer who is still missing.

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