About Us


The Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme is a flagship programme delivered to the international and maritime communities by the independent maritime Human Rights charity Human Rights at Sea. It is a privately funded programme delivered through the generosity of international donors having been conceived by the charity’s CEO in September 2013. It relies upon voluntary support to run and deliver on behalf of families who have lost loved ones at sea.



The Mission of the Programme is to support seafarers, fishers and their families by the registration, tracking, investigation and advocacy on behalf of those missing at sea through a secure mobile on-line platform. That platform is known as the Missing Seafarer & Fisher Register.



The Aim of the Programme through the use of the Missing Seafarer & Fisher Register (“the Register”) is to build an accurate international database detailing the status of seafarers and fishers missing at sea on a global basis.



The Vision is to become the focal international database for recording missing seafarers and fishers.



As it evolves, the Register will become an international multi-lingual on-line platform for registering, tracking, updating, profiling and raising awareness of missing seafarers and fishers on a global basis. It aims to be used by family members, colleagues, employers, non-governmental organisations, flag States, insurers, governments and civil society organisations for their awareness and where applicable, investigation of alleged human and labor rights abuses.

The Programme will support ongoing international awareness of the subject of seafarer and fishers’ welfare, including the issues they face such as the withholding of wages, confiscation of identification documents, abuse of work visas, inhumane working conditions, and other identified human and labor rights abuses. This work will be undertaken in concert with existing seafarer and fisheries organisations and related international projects and programmes.

Where requested, funded and able, Human Rights at Sea will seek to assist in the gathering of evidence, conduct investigations and deliver evidence packages to States’ constabulary and judicial authorities into the disappearance of seafarers and fishers at sea, where applicable.



Since its launch in April 2014, the charity has been variously approached by international NGOs, welfare organisations, networks of international lawyers, human rights and civil society activists all highlighting the issue of seafarers and fishers lost at sea, as well as the lack of a centralized global database and evidence gathering capability.

At the time of writing the charity has numerous cases of missing seafarers and fishers on its books, accompanied by requests for support and investigations by their families and/or family representatives. Some of these cases are currently investigated by the charity, while the true global scale of the issue remains unknown. The Register will therefore seek to quantify and qualify the issue over the forthcoming years.



Human Rights at Sea has coordinated with and gained the support of: the Apostleship of the Sea (UK), the Sailors Society, the Mission to Seafarers, Seafarers UK, The Fishermen's Mission, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme, ISWAN, IMB, Mishcon de Reya LLP, SeaWives and the International Bar Association.

In 2015, the Programme linked its platform and activities with the ISWAN 24hr Seafarer Help Line and in 2016, the International Bar Association’s eyeWitness for Atrocities App.


Access & Availability

The Programme and Register are made available via a number of web addresses that point to the main programme site:

www.missingseafarers.org | www.missingmariners.org | www.missingseamen.org.

The Programme and Register is also accessible from the charity’s main site: www.humanrightsatsea.org and from the charity's dedicated news site www.humanrightsatsea-news.org.



It is envisaged that the users of the Missing Seafarers Register will be:

  1. Family members – to register a missing family member.
  2. Colleagues of missing seafarers and fishers – to register and update the status of missing persons.
  3. Employers – for awareness, profiling and support to families, for the development of tracking policies and assurance for seafarers and fishers’ welfare.
  4. Insurers – to review, update and utilize information in support of payments to missing seafarers and fishers’ estates, as appropriate.
  5. National constabulary entities – for conducting investigations, as appropriate.
  6. International investigative organisations – for conducting investigations, as appropriate.
  7. Flag States – for conducting investigations as appropriate and for statistical purposes.
  8. Port State authorities – for awareness, profiling and monitoring of seafarers and fishers activities within Port State control.
  9. Governments – for general awareness, profiling of seafarers and fishers’ issues, factual statistics and support to seafarers and fishers’ welfare organisations.
  10. Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organisations - for general awareness, profile of seafarers and fishes’ issues, factual statistics and support to seafarers and fishers’ welfare organisations.
  11. Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) – in support of the charity’s mission, vision and charitable objectives.


Data Protection

Human Rights at Sea processes personal data as a result of third parties submitting personal data to the Programme, as part of independent investigations that are carried out on behalf of third parties, or through the daily activities of the charity itself.

Human Rights at Sea has adopted a transparent and accountable approach with regards to the Programme, and the processing of associated personal data.

Human Rights at Sea is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as a Data Controller. As such it abides by the standards required of all data controllers under the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

For further information please read our Privacy Policy.



For more information contact enquiries@missingseafarers.org