Safety Net launched to boost welfare of UK merchant seafarers


Two leading maritime charities have responded to the cost-of-living crisis with new resources to support UK seafarers. The Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) and The Seafarers’ Charity (TSC) joined forces to launch the Safety Net for all UK merchant seafarers at the MNWB’s Port Welfare Conference last week.

The new Safety Net website is full of free money management tools and resources specifically to help UK merchant seafarers during the current cost of living crisis and in the future.

The Safety Net is a vital one-stop-shop providing bespoke information and support for all UK seafarers and their families on personal savings, money management, credit choices, debt advice, and relationship and mental health support.

Stuart Rivers, Chief Executive of the MNWB which is the umbrella charity for Merchant Navy and fishing fleets, said: “The industry has been crying out for an initiative like this, so we are delighted to see this come to fruition after months of planning with The Seafarers’ Charity.

“This much-needed service that supports the Merchant Navy comes following a taxing couple of years for UK seafarers, who face a specific set of financial challenges. The tools and resources available on this unique platform will certainly help to enhance the financial resilience of the UK’s seafarer communities by providing useful sources of help, advice and information relating to money management.”

The launch of The Safety Net website is followed up on June 22 with a free webinar on money management, delivered by The Money Charity. The webinar will include information about the value of establishing long-term savings and budgeting plans, and guidance on how to signpost towards free tools that aid financial planning and money management.

This website and webinar are an extension of the Safety Net for fishing families which TSC launched in September 2021. Now, in partnership with the MNWB, the Safety Net has been adapted, and extended to, support UK merchant seafarers.