A New Floating Chapel: SCI’s CHAPLAINSBLOG
In the early nineteenth century, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) lodged its mission to seafarers in a floating chapel in the waters of the Port of New York. SCI prioritized “mobile” spiritual care, meeting mariners where their work brought them. Today, SCI chaplains remain just as agile, climbing gangways and riding tender vessels to reach mariners on board busy ships. This month, however, SCI steps up its mobility to bring chaplains’ messages wherever there is an Internet connection, launching a new blog called CHAPLAINSBLOG (http://chaplainsblog.seamenschurch.org).
Industry Event to Explore e-Navigation
An event examining the role, development and trends in maritime e-Navigation is scheduled for October 17-19, 2016 at the San Jacinto College Maritime Campus in La Porte, Texas. More information is available online here.
New Endurance Event Set to Test Maritime Companies
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) announces the SCI Mountain Challenge, a first-of-its-kind event in North America supporting the Institute’s mariner welfare programs and services. Mariners train to endure uncomfortable things—months on the water, living in confined quarters, alone and at the mercy of the elements. This September, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), North America’s largest mariners’ service agency, asks landlubbers to consider stepping out of their comfort zone, too, stretching their perceived physical and psychological limits in a test of endurance.
'Sandy' Waterlogged Port Newark HQ, But SCI Mission Continues
Despite a waterlogged seafarers’ center, the Seamen’s Church Institute continues steadfast in its mission to help seafarers. Among those affected by the recent storm, the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark sustained significant damage. For days following the storm, the port remained closed leaving SCI without access to the heart of its operations within the port. In the interim, the Institute established a telephone hotline for seafarers affected by the storm and in need of assistance.
Many Seafarers Continue to be Denied US Shore Leave
A 2013 survey conducted by Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) reveals why some seafarers cannot access shore leave while in the United States. Far from a luxury, shore leave significantly contributes to a mariners’ health and the safe and efficient operation of a vessel. The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) took the pulse of seafarers’ access to shore leave for the twelfth year in a row as part of its annual Seafarer Shore Leave Survey, asking port welfare workers in 30 ports across the United States to monitor arriving vessels.
Silver Bell Awards Honor Champions
SCI awarded James R. Barker and Paul R. Tregurtha the Silver Bell Award and honored the Right Rev. Mark S. Sisk with the Distinguished Service Award. On Thursday, June 7, over 800 individuals from the maritime industry celebrated with the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) at its 35th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner, raising over $865,000 for SCI’s programs serving mariners. The theme of the evening, “Unsung Heroes,” highlighted the essential yet unrecognized contributions the maritime industry makes to our daily lives.
SCI Appoints New Ohio River Chaplain
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has appointed the Rev. Kempton D. Baldridge to serve as its new Ministry on the River (MOR) chaplain, serving the Ohio River region, effective June 1. Based from SCI’s Paducah, Ky. Center for Maritime Education, Chaplain Baldridge will serve mariners along the Ohio River plus river regions surrounding Nashville, St. Louis, and Memphis. In addition to his direct care for mariners and their shore-side counterparts, Chaplain Baldridge strengthens a network of River Friendly Churches who partner with SCI to provide ministry to mariners.
SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training
On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial boat out on a new era of maritime education. In prior months, SCI had installed new simulators and renovated the hospitality areas at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The official dedication…
MOL Graduates Final Class in 3rd Year Program
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the graduation of 87 students in the seventh and final class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crew members who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation. The “3rd Year Program” targeted new seafarers from among third-year students at partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL provided education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS), its training center in the Philippines. MIS was jointly established by MOL and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation in 1993.
Kongsberg to Overhaul Seamen’s Church Simulators
SCI begins a massive rebuild of its Paducah, Ky. simulators used to train mariners for safety on the water. The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has signed a contract with Kongsberg Maritime for a complete overhaul of important maritime simulator technology at its Center for Maritime Education campus in Paducah, Ky. Installation begins in August to replace existing wheelhouse architecture with entirely new mechanisms and navigation tools that more closely mirror contemporary equipment and construction of modern vessels. The new simulators strengthen SCI’s service to American mariners.
Two Directors Join Port of London Authority Board
The Port of London Authority (PLA) has announced two new non-executive directors have been appointed to the PLA board: Judith Armitt has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport (in accordance with the Port of London Act); and Darren James has been appointed by the PLA Board. Judith Armitt will bring substantial public sector, London and Thames experience to the PLA. She was most recently chief executive of Local Partnerships LLP, the joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association.
Silver Bell Awards Honor Maritime Leadership
Celebrating the maritime connection essential to modern-day life, SCI’s annual awards ceremony lauded the contributions made by persons who strengthen the bonds of community and camaraderie. On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) hosted its 39th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner at Pier Sixty in New York, raising over $800,000 for the Institute’s programs and services for mariners. At the event, SCI honored Joseph H. Pyne, Chairman of Kirby Corporation, the Italian Navy and Coast Guard and the Hellenic Coast Guard. The Institute gave its Silver Bell Award to Joseph H.
River Ministry Pioneer Wilkinson Retires from SCI
The Rev. James (Jim) R. Wilkinson retires this year in April after over 11 years of service to the nation’s inland waterways community as their first full-time, fully-dedicated chaplain. In 1998, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) called Wilkinson to head up Ministry on the River, a first-of-its-kind endeavor offering pastoral care to river mariners and their families in the United States. Wilkinson’s congregation of mariners spanned thousands of miles of moving waters from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Greenville, Miss.
Clinical Study on Effects of Piracy on Seafarers
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), with New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine, report on the effects of piracy on seafarers. While incidents of piracy decline off the Horn of Africa, an inestimable number of seafarers continue to bear the psychological impact of captivity by pirates. To describe their condition and to advise the maritime industry on how to care for affected individuals, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), in collaboration with New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine , releases a report from its clinical study of the effects of piracy on seafarers.
Post-Piracy Care for Seafarers
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has published Preliminary Guidelines: Post-Piracy Care for Seafarers, outlining preliminary strategies on caring for seafarers (merchant mariners) affected by piracy. The document, based on cutting-edge mental health research and ongoing discussions with shipowners, crewing agencies, representatives of governments, and other stakeholders in the industry, provides practical guidelines for the maritime industry. SCI presented the Preliminary Guidelines to Working Group Three of the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia on January 27…
SCI Gears Up for the Future
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) signed a contract to purchase new equipment for its Center for Maritime Education in Houston, Texas, initiating a multiphase upgrade to SCI’s simulator technology located in one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world. The upgrades introduce a path for future groundbreaking safety and security training. The first phase of SCI’s technology improvement places the Houston simulator on par with upgrades installed in 2009 at SCI’s Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, Ky.
SCI Announces E-Learning Partnership
Beginning May 2012, The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) will enter into partnership with Consolidated Digital Publishing Inc. (CDP) to provide e-learning resources for companies and employees in the maritime industry. SCI’s online course offerings build on more than a century of the Institute’s legacy of continuing maritime education, adding effective, proven tactics in online learning to help maritime industry employees prevent injuries and accidents at work. SCI’s new e-learning opportunities give access to training that helps employees meet industry requirements with clear…
IMO Sec-Gen Visits SCI’s Port Newark Center
Head of global maritime standard-setting authority visits SCI’s International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark. The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) hosted International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim to its Port Newark International Seafarers’ Center on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Secretary-General Lim, accompanied by Fred Kenney, Director, Legal and External Affairs for the IMO (and former Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the United States Coast Guard)…
River Bell Awards Acclaim Maritime 'Family'
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) recognized two inland maritime industry leaders at an annual awards luncheon Thursday, December 11, 2014, in Paducah, Ky. The 15th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon, hosted by SCI, raised more than $270,000 to support mariners served by the Institute’s Ministry on the Rivers and Gulf program. SCI presented the River Bell Award to Peter H. Stephaich, Chairman and CEO of Campbell Transportation Company, Inc.; and to the Chairman of J. Russell Flowers, Inc., J. Russell Flowers, SCI conferred the River Legend Award.
SCI Announces Silver Bell Honorees
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) announces the recipients of awards it will confer at its 37th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York City on Thursday, June 5, 2014. SCI presents the Silver Bell Award, in recognition of outstanding leadership in the maritime community, to Orrin H. Ingram, President and CEO of Ingram Industries and Chairman of Ingram Barge Company and honors Captain James (Jim) McNamara, former President of the National Cargo Bureau, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Silver Bell Award recipient Orrin H.
ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads
ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families, faculty members and guests at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6. “I am honored to share real leadership lessons that these bright graduates may apply beyond the boardroom,” Wiernicki said at the ceremony, which saw approximately 300 students graduate inside Fort Schuyler. “Success in life and leadership go hand-in-hand.
Inland Awards Conferred in Paducah
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), organized the 12th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon in Paducah, KY on Thursday, December 8, 2011. The awards paid tribute to three individuals whose labors have significantly enriched America’s waterways. A crowd of 335 joined SCI’s River Bell Awards committee in commending the work of Joseph H. Pyne, Chairman & CEO of Kirby Corporation; Eddie Conrad; and RADM Mary E. Landry (ret), former Commander of the United States Coast Guard 8th District.
New Tool at SCI
Additional simulator in SCI’s Houston Center for Maritime Education enlarges capacity for specialized assessment and training. This month, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) completes construction of an environment tailored for one-on-one mariner skill appraisal. SCI’s new Houston simulator manufactured by Transas provides a dedicated tool for assessments, corrective action implementation and company human resource evaluations. The new simulator suite contains a single full-mission bridge pilothouse…
Shank Joins SCI’s Maritime Education Team
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) recently enlarged the staff of licensed instructors at its Center for Maritime Education in Houston, adding to its ranks Captain Christine Shank, a former Kirby Inland Marine captain. Shank joins two other staff members working from SCI’s training facility, which the Institute recently equipped with new state-of-the-art computer simulation technology. Along with the improvement of infrastructure, SCI–Houston’s new expert hire reflects the Institute’s commitment to enlarge training to meet the needs of maritime industry professionals.
Obituary: Wesley Wheeler, 1933-2014
Wesley D. Wheeler passed away on April 18 in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 80 years old. He was laid to rest in Cyprus Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. Wheeler was an active member of the marine community for 60 years. He lived and worked in many countries and for some of the largest naval architects, consultants and shipbuilding companies in the world including JJ. Henry & Co., J. J. McMullen Associates, H.M. Tiedemann & Co, American Bulk Carriers, Sparkman & Stephens Inc., Astilleros Espanoles and M. Rosenblatt & Son. He founded his own firm, Wheeler Associates Ltd.
e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2016
San Jacinto College and the Seamen’s Church Institute will host e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2016, the third in the annual North American series of conferences focusing upon the development and application of e-navigation. The event will be held at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center, La Porte, Texas, a new facility that opened in Spring of this year. e-Navigation is an initiative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the goal of which is to provide a decision support environment for the maritime community.