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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sailors Society News

Prasanta Roy (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

​​​​Sailors’ Society Appoints New Director

Maritime Charity Sailors’ Society welcomes Prasanta Roy as its new director general.Roy, who has 25 years of experience in leadership and governance within the banking and finance industry, is stepping down as a trustee of the charity to take the key role.Sandra Welch, previously the Society’s deputy CEO and director of program, has been promoted to chief operating officer. She will continue to head up global program delivery as well as taking on additional responsibilities across the operations of the Society…

Sailors’ Society CEO Stuart Rivers presented ING ship-finance managing director David Grant with a certificate of support (Credit: Geoff Garfield)

Sailors’ Society Celebrates 200 Years

Maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society’s 200th anniversary events continued with the annual ING wine-tasting evening, which this year raised a glass to the charity’s 200th anniversary.This was the sixth annual wine-tasting hosted by ING at its London headquarters. More than 50 guests attended the evening, where expert sommelier Richard Yates of Ellis Wines guided on wines sourced from countries in which the charity operates.Stuart Rivers, who presented ING ship-finance managing director David Grant with a certificate of support…

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Seafarers’ Mental Health is Focus of New Training Program

KVH Videotel introduced a new training package, “Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing,” during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London, and announced that the package will be available free of charge throughout the industry due to the critical importance of the topic.The program was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a short video, facilitator notes, and information booklets…

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Half a Million Seafarers Benefited from 'Ship Visitor' App

Half a million seafarers have benefited from an app that helps them as they move from port to port around the world, according to the charity that invented it.Developed by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society, the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) Ship Visitor app is used internationally by 10 maritime welfare organizations, who provide chaplaincy to seafarers who are far from home.Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers said: “Real-time reporting enables…

Kristina Kamatoy, MICHA Scholarship Beneficiary 2018 (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Sailors’ Society Select Kamatoy for MIHCA Scholarship

Aspiring chef, Kristina Kamatoy, 18, has been selected as the second beneficiary of a maritime education scholarship co-funded by Sailors’ Society and Garrets International, and given by Homer Foundation. Kamatoy, from Quezon in The Philippines, received the scholarship to train at the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) in Manila. The Sailors’ Society – Homer Foundation Scholarship enables Filipino students from underprivileged backgrounds to pursue culinary careers in the shipping industry.

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Sailors' Society: Take the 'Loch Ness' Challenge

A maritime welfare charity is calling on people from the shipping industry to get involved with its new Loch Ness challenge event on September 6-10 , 2018.Sailors’ Society, which supports seafarers and their families around the world, is looking for people to canoe almost 60 miles of the Great Glen and raise funds for its work.The charity, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in March, transforms the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through initiatives…

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OSM Launches Seafarer Mental Health Campaign

OSM has chosen The Day of the Seafarer to launch a global campaign aimed at safeguarding and improving the mental health of its 11,000 crew members. The year long initiative, christened How Healthy is Your Mind: An OSM Seafarers’ Guide to Positive Mental Health, will be pushed out across the 500 plus vessels managed by the business, addressing an increasingly pressing, but often overlooked, industry issue. According to a recent report carried out by Sailors’ Society and Yale University…

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Sailors’ Society Launches Wellness at Sea E-Learning

International maritime welfare charity, Sailors’ Society, has launched an online version of its widely respected Wellness at Sea coaching program.The e-learning platform opens up the globally renowned course, which until now was only available in a classroom setting, to thousands more seafarers for just $3 per user.Sandra Welch, deputy CEO of Sailors’ Society, said, “Seafarers are the lifeblood of world trade and our latest Wellness at Sea conference highlighted yet again how important it is that the human element be valued…

Stuart Rivers (Photo: Sailors Society)

Sailors’ Society Expands Into China

The world’s oldest maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society announced its expansion into China, home to the largest number of seafarers globally.The charity, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, met with maritime consultants in Shanghai to find out how best to meet the needs of seafarers. It will then start the process of registering as an NGO.Sailors’ Society’s chief executive Stuart Rivers and deputy CEO Sandra Welch are in China this week holding talks and identifying local partners to deliver port-based services.Based in Southampton in the U.K.…

Greg Vines, ILO Deputy Director-General for Management & Reform (© Joy Corthésy / ISWAN)

International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards Presented

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) revealed the 2018 winners of its International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards at a ceremony in Geneva.The awards honor those who have offered exceptional levels of welfare services and facilities to seafarers. The International Labor Organization (ILO) hosted the ceremony, which took place after the third meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the MLC, 2006.The evening began with a video message from the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent spoke about his family's connections with the charity (Photo: Sailor's Society)

Sailors’ Society Marks 200th Anniversary

More than 500 guests joined the world’s oldest maritime welfare charity as it marked its 200th anniversary at Southwark Cathedral earlier this week.Sailors’ Society was founded in London in 1818 to help seafarers returning home from the Napoleonic Wars.

Dan Thompson and Stuart Rivers  (Photo: Sailors' Society)

A Quarter of Seafarers Show Signs of Depression -Report

More than a quarter of seafarers show signs of depression - and many won’t ask for help, according to a study of seafarers’ mental health presented at Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea conference on March 16, London. The study of more than 1,000 seafarers was carried out by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society and Yale University, with more than one in six of the respondents coming from the UK. Some 26 per cent of seafarers said they had felt “down, depressed or hopeless” on several days over the previous two weeks.

Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Pirate Attacks Still a Major Concern -Sailors’ Society

Global piracy continues to be a concern in the Gulf of Guinea, Southeast Asia and Venezuela, according to statistics released yesterday by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB). In the first nine months of 2017, 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported, including 92 vessels boarded with five hijackings, 11 attempted attacks and 13 vessels fired upon. While this is a decrease compared to statistics from the same period in 2016…

The LR funded Sailors’ Society Emergency Welfare Fund has helped thousands, including  seafarer’s son, Mati. (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

Lloyd’s Register Helps Seafarers in Need

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has donated £20,000 to Sailors’ Society’s Emergency Welfare Fund which provides financial relief to seafarers and their families in dire need. Every year, maritime charity Sailors’ Society is inundated with requests for support from seafarers with diverse and pressing welfare needs. This is the seventh year running that LR has donated to the fund, bringing its total contribution to more than £140,000. The fund has helped thousands of seafarers and their families over the years…

To date more than 1,000 seafarers have benefited from Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea coaching program, equipping them to better cope with the stresses of life at sea (Photo: Sailors' Society)

UK P&I Club Investing in Seafarer Welfare

The UK P&I Club has confirmed its commitment to making a positive impact on seafarer welfare by extending its support of Sailors’ Society’s Emotional Wellness module. One of five sections in the global maritime charity’s Wellness at Sea coaching program, the Emotional Wellness training aims to improve emotional well-being through early identification of mental health issues and to enable seafarers to handle challenging situations at sea. Well-being of crew is a priority for UK P&I Club…

Robert Griffin on board HMS Meon (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Brothers Separated by the Sea Reunited

A pair of former seafaring brothers who had lost touch have been reconnected, thanks to international maritime charity Sailors’ Society. Robert Griffin, was worried about his brother Norman, who lives in New Zealand, after being unable to reach him for more than two years, and is delighted after finally speaking to him last week. Robert, 81, who spent nine years in the Royal Navy, last spoke to his brother in 2014. He had all but given up hope of speaking to his brother again until Sailors’ Society came to the rescue in response to a call for help from Robert’s son Steve.

The crew of the MT Maro on release with their lawyer, Sandeep Singh (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

Tanker Crew Freed after Two-year Imprisonment

The 11-strong crew of the MT Maro has been released after being held for two years in Nigeria. The ruling was made on June 30 and, after securing emergency travel documents, the crew arrived in Delhi, India on July 3 to be reunited with their families. The seafarers’ ordeal began in July 2014 when the ship’s engine failed and it drifted into a stretch of Nigerian waters. The ship was arrested and accused of straying into Nigerian waters without permissions. The Indian crew, with a Nigerian captain, found themselves imprisoned and there began a series of court battles to prove their innocence.

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Boaty McBoatface to Set Sail – Virtually

Though the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council decided not to name its state-of-the-art polar research ship Boaty McBoatface (instead opting to name the ship David Attenborough, and calling its remotely operated undersea vehicle Boaty McBoatface), the name lives on. Another Boaty McBoatface will set sail virtually from Southampton today thanks to an initiative from international maritime charity Sailors’ Society and vessel tracking website MarineTraffic. The virtual Boaty will visit locations where Sailors’ Society has port chaplains and ship visitors…

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‘Wellness at Sea’ App Launched

Sailors’ Society, one of the largest seafarer support charities operating internationally, has launched the free Wellness at Sea mobile app, which aims to help put health and wellbeing at sea in the hands of seafarers. “Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea coaching program has been well received by the industry and we were keen to take it to the next level by putting the tools to enhance and monitor wellbeing in the hands of seafarers themselves,” said Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society’s deputy chief executive.

Sailors' Society chaplain Muhartono Tito (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Sailors’ Society Offers Support for Kidnapped Seafarers

Chaplains from international maritime charity, Sailors’ Society, are providing emotional support to 10 seafarers who were released on May 1 after five weeks captivity at the hands of Abu Sayyaf terrorists. Sailors’ Society chaplain Muhartono Tito, who is based in the Indonesian port of Banjarmasin, had been providing welfare assistance together with colleagues to the seafarers’ families prior to their release. Muhartono said, “I acted as the liaison between the ship owner and the families. They were incredibly worried about the safety of their loved ones.

Sandra Welch (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

Sailors’ Society Promotes Welch to Deputy CEO

Sandra Welch, director of program for Sailors’ Society, has been promoted to deputy CEO of the global maritime welfare charity. Welch, who joined the charity in 2014, will continue to head up the program team, overseeing chaplaincy work in 85 ports across 26 countries, innovative welfare app development, the charity’s Wellness at Sea program and building houses, schools and medical centers for seafaring communities torn apart by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The charity, which will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2018…

Students on a Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea training day. Euronav has agreed a four-year sponsorship of Wellness at Sea, a coaching programme designed to promote health and well-being among the world’s seafarers.

Euronav Sponsors Seafarers’ Welfare Program

Crude oil tanker company Euronav has invested to become a four-year sponsor of Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea program. Wellness at Sea, which was launched in 2015, is a coaching and support program devised by the international maritime welfare charity to promote health and wellbeing among the world’s seafarers. Wellness at Sea is designed to reflect the needs of mariners and the shipping industry alike by promoting cultural awareness, emotional intelligence, social skills and spiritual wellbeing alongside more familiar skills competence.

Lloyd’s Register, sponsors of Sailors’ Society’s Woolly Hat Week, will be donning their woolly hats and holding a #HatHero collection to raise funds for seafarers and their families. (Photo: Sailor's Society)

Sailors’ Society Woolly Hat Week to Aid Seafarers

Press release - Sailors’ Society is encouraging supporters to be a #HatHero this Woolly Hat Week to raise awareness of the challenges seafarers face daily and to help seafarers in need. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, this Woolly Hat Week will be held February 14-21. You can lend your support by wearing a woolly hat to work, donating to Sailors’ Society and tweeting a selfie to #HatHero @SailorsSociety. “Seafarers can be away from home for up to a year at a time braving freezing temperatures and dangerous seas to deliver 90 per cent of our goods. So, in our eyes, seafarers are real heroes.

l-r Revd Ken Peters, ICMA executive committee member and Mission to Seafarers director of justice & welfare, Revd Richard Kilgour, ICMA general secretary, and Sandra Welch, Sailors' Society director of program (Photo: ICMA)

ICMA Licenses Chapplaincy Technology

Sailors’ Society has licensed a version of its Chapplaincy smartphone technology to ICMA, enabling all 28 members to share the digital platform transforming port to port welfare. The ‘Ship Visitor’ app will enable maritime chaplaincy organizations across the world to deliver improved services to seafarers and to better measure the impact of their work. Revd. Richard Kilgour, general secretary of ICMA, said, “ICMA is mindful of the immense importance of this development, which strengthens our international collaborative relationships as seafarer societies.

Hong Kong Trekkers Pledge $59K for Sailors’ Society

140 industry supporters brave the Hong Kong trail in monsoon conditions to raise funds for seafarers in need. Some 140 Sailors’ Society supporters took on a 32km trek along the Hong Kong trail to raise money for the global maritime charity. More used to heat and blue skies, the teams braved strong winds and torrential rain as they hiked across Hong Kong’s country parks, their generous donors pledging HKD548,000 (US$59,000) for their efforts. The event was organised by Sailors’ Society’s Hong Kong Ambassadors Group and sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Hong Kong…

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Fundraiser Event to Benefit Greek Maritime Scholarships

Sailors’ Society said it will hold its first ever fundraising event in Greece on Thursday, October 15, in Athenaeum InterContinental Athens’ ballroom for a night that will see the industry come together in support of the Society’s Greek maritime scholarship program for aspiring seafarers. The evening’s festivities will begin with a drinks reception in the ballroom foyer at 19.00, followed by dinner and live music. There will also be live and silent auctions to help raise additional funds for the maritime scholarships program.