The platform aims to build an accurate international database of the status of seafarers and fishermen missing at sea on a global basis, raising international awareness by profiling individual cases. It will be used to support legal investigations into specific cases of abuse, injury or even death at sea.
The database will be accessible through multiple websites, and it is hoped that it will eventually become a multilingual platform, enabling people from across the globe to input key information and update details through a moderated and securely encrypted platform.
“The delivery of the first publicly available phases of the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme has been an immense effort from all those involved,” said David Hammond, barrister and founder of Human Rights at Sea.
“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.”
“This programme is a perfect example of the HRAS drive for providing practical solutions to human rights issues in the maritime environment.”
The platform was developed in collaboration with C Data Services, two of whose directors served at sea.
“There are currently no statistics available on the number of people missing from the 1.5 million registered seafarers worldwide,” said Mike Robinson, operations director of C Data Services.
“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.”