Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP)

Naval Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Industry Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Plight of Seafarers

Ongoing activity
  • MPHRP’s aim is 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.
  • MPHRP’s first phase of development consists of five-outputs: (1) Development of “good practice” guides for use by shipping companies, manning agents and welfare associations to support both seafarers and their families through the three-phases of piracy incidents: (a) pre-departure; (b) the crisis; and (c) post-release/post-incident. (2) MPHRP has developed training modules for coping with the stages of piracy. (3) The establishment of an international network of trained first-responders with appropriate skills within partner and associated organizations. (4) MPHRP is developing a network of professionals who work with victims of piracy in the aftercare. (5) A 24-seafarer’s helpline in coordination with SeafarerHelp, a project of the International Seafarers Assistance Network (ISAN), which maintains a 24-hour helpline, staffed by individuals who speak 27-different languages collectively. 
  • MPHRP also offers a series of pre-departure and awareness training courses and materials from shipping companies, manning agents, seafarers and welfare responders.

Messaging and Advocacy

Ongoing activity
  • MPHRP publishes news related to humanitarian issues on their website.

Regional Capacity

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Rule of Law

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Coordination

No activity implemented or planned
  • MPHRP consists of partner organizations representing shipowners, ship-managers, manning agents, unions, insurers and welfare associations, who join together with intergovernmental organizations to address problems of piracy. (link)