A public resource where details can be submitted and recorded about missing seafarers and fishermen globally has been launched. The 'Missing Seafarers Register,' as part of the 'Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme' is accessible through multiple websites including: www.missingseafarers.org, www.missingmariners.org, www.missingseamen.org, as well as the HRAS home page www.humanrightsatsea.org. The platform is intended to eventually become a multilingual database where cases of missing mariners and fishermen can be registered and tracked, with the ability for people with key information to post and update details through a moderated and securely encripted platform.
"There are currently no statistics available on the number of people missing from the 1.5 million registered seafarers worldwide," says Mike Robinson, Operations Director of C Data Services, which provides dedicated web application development and IT support. "This makes The Missing Seafarers Register a valuable resource for investigation and analysis, as well as emphasising the global scale of this issue to a wider audience."
David Hammond, Barrister and Founder of Human Rights at Sea who conceived the programme said: "The delivery of the first publicly available phases of the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme has been an immense effort from all those involved. The initial funding provided by Seafarers UK put HRAS in the position of being able to rapidly develop this vanguard concept alongside the team from C Data Services, and to expedite its introduction to both the maritime and international communities in only 4 months from concept to delivery. This platform will become an HRAS flagship programme and its global importance has not been lost on any of the entities involved in its conceptual and practical development."