Facilities and financing requirement for seafarer welfare in Dutch seaports: a report by Maurice Jansen and Hannah Mosmans

This week, a report on the welfare needs of seafarers in Dutch ports written by Maurice Jansen and Hannah Mosmans, was presented to the director general of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.


Our recent research study on seafarers’s facilities in Dutch ports provides insights into the paradox of seafarers’ wellbeing, efficiency, accessibility and security. From our study we conclude that seamen’s centers cannot sustain themselves as private enterprises. Most of the operational work is in the hands of volunteers and financial resources change from year to year. The researchers conclude that visiting seafarers are not clients, but consider a seafarers’ centre “a home away from home’’. This is not something the market can provide. The same goes for providing access and mobility for shore leave. The emphasis on highly efficient and secure supply chains have made seafarers dependent on transport arrangements provided by volunteers, but with permission of (public) authorities, terminals and ship agents. This can only be solved with more intensive collaboration and better alignment of policy, finance and execution.

Future actions 

Interestingly, the report also notes that neighbouring countries such as Germany and Belgium have a better arrangement for welfare facilities in their ports, with governments and companies working together to provide support for seafarers. The NZC has called for discussions with all relevant stakeholders, including port companies, national and local governments, and other maritime organisations. This way, the NZC hopes that this report will prompt action to improve the welfare of seafarers visiting our Dutch ports.

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