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A new welfare and help centre for migrant fishermen officially opened at Jurong Fishery Port on Friday.
SINGAPORE: A new welfare and help centre for migrant fishermen officially opened at Jurong Fishery Port on Friday.
The Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) said the new Seafarers' Welfare Centre (SWC) is targeted at migrant fishermen who do not hold legal work or stay visas in Singapore.
Without the visas, they would not have access to established legal processes in the event of an infringement on their rights.
The new centre is meant to fill that gap.
In a statement on Friday, MWC said the Singapore Organisation of Seamen and the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union had sought its involvement in 2012 to champion a new centre for migrant fishermen.
Since then, it has worked with several organisations to set up the facility as a joint effort between the community and the government.
The centre will be manned daily from 5pm to 9pm and the hours can be scaled up depending on demand.
At all other times, migrant fishermen can use the facility as a resting area to gather with other fishermen.