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Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Mission To Seafarers News

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Wilhelmsen Crowdfunds to Support Seafarers COVID-19 Relief

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) is crowdfunding to support Mission to Seafarers (MtS), one of the largest maritime charities serving merchant crews around the world in addressing the hardships faced by the affected seafarers.The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption on crew change operations. The fallout effect of this has impacted approximately 150,000 seafarers onboard unable to be signed off and another 150,000 seafarers onshore unable to sign on. This disruption has impacted the affected seafarers’ welfare.

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Inmarsat Offering Crews Discounted Voice Calls

Inmarsat has formalized a 50% discount for crew voice calling services available for up to 40,000 ships in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seafarer well-being.The maritime satellite service provider is also ensuring that calls made to the SeafarerHelp service provided by welfare organization ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network) are available free of charge. In addition, Inmarsat is working with crew healthcare specialist Vikand and software platform provider FrontM…

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Stena Line Takes Delivery of New Ferry

Stena Line took ownership of its newest ferry Stena Estrid following a handover ceremony at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China. Stena Estrid is the first of five next generation Stena Line RoPax vessels that are currently being constructed. Stena Estrid will now embark on a six-week journey to its new home on the Irish Sea, where it will begin service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in January 2020.A further two of the new ferries are also destined for the Irish Sea with Stena Edda expected to commence operations from Belfast to Liverpool next spring…

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Seafarers Are Happy!

New report from the Mission to Seafarers paints optimistic picture across the shipping industry and  shows increased positivity and satisfaction among those working at sea.After concerning reports earlier in the year, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index, a gauge for measuring the feelings and experiences of seafarers across the global maritime industry, report has shown a marked improvement in happiness levels amongst seafarers across all sectors of the industry.The latest report…

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Cruise, Ferry Seafarers Among the Unhappiest

The seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry, said a study.Seafarer happiness levels across tanker, bulk carriers and container ship sectors close to global average this quarter, it said.The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, showed that cruise and ferry crews had an average score of 5.3/10 on their general happiness level – 15 per cent less than the global average across all vessel types…

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Report: Cruise Sector Seafarers Unhappiest

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed that seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry.The report, which is produced in association with leading mutual P&I insurer the Shipowners’ Club, is based on the responses of thousands of seafarers across the global maritime industry. The latest report showed that cruise and ferry crews had an average score of 5.3/10 on their general happiness level - 15 per cent less than the global average across all vessel types…

New Consortium to Improve Crew Management

Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), founded by blockchain technology and governance experts BLOC and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, has announced the establishment of a consortium that will pilot a blockchain-based seafarer certification system.The project aims to streamline and expedite processes that can be marred by a lack of verification for safety documentation, paper-based certificate management and a lack of access to validated safety and training certifications of seafarers.

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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…

UK P&I Sees Donation Impact on Seafarers' Families in Philippines

Capt Anuj Velankar, Senior Loss Prevention Advisor at UK P&I Club travelled to Manila with The Mission to Seafarers to visit the Family Support Network (FSN) supported by the Club’s £20,000 ($26,000) donation in 2017. They were able to witness the impact their charitable giving had on the lives of seafarers and their families. Velankar met the staff and volunteer team in Manila, as well as other Chapter representatives, who has been able to reach more families with funding from UK P&I Club.

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Connectivity is Fundamental to Seafarer Happiness

There’s a growing link between onboard connectivity and seafarer happiness levels, according to the latest Seafarer Happiness Index report from charity group the Mission to Seafarers.The report is based on the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Mission between January and March this year, in which seafarers were asked to rate their happiness out of ten on a variety of measures.A key finding of the report was the issue of contact with family and loved ones, with seafarers showing an overwhelming need for better internet access that allows them to keep in touch with those back home.

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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.

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SSG, MPA and Maritime Union to Inject $12.6 mln in Training

The Singapore maritime industry looks well-positioned for the future, with strong support from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) in the form of continued funding for the Tripartite Nautical and Engineering Training Award (TNTA & TETA) Programs worth S$12.6 million. The TNTA and TETA programs will receive funding support from SSG, MPA and SMOU. The two cadet training programs are recognized…

Seafarer Happiness Index Relaunched

International seafarer welfare charity, the Mission to Seafarers, has announced its relaunch of the Seafarer Happiness Index to support a sustainable future for the global maritime industry. The Mission is partnering with project founder, Steven Jones, to pick up the reins from seafarer social network Crewtoo. The Mission to Seafarers Seafarer Happiness Index will consist of the same ten questions as the previous index, delivering a mark out of ten on key welfare issues like shore leave, wages, food, training, social interaction and family contact.

Captain Lawrence Aye-Manug MN Director Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC), Mr R Muirhead  Lord Lieutenant’s Husband, Geoff Rafferty. Director LSC, Dame Lorna Muirhead Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, John Wilson CEO LSC, Pamela Brown Director and Vice Chairman of LSC (Photo: LSC)

Liverpool Seafarers Center to Open Eastham Hub

Maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Center (LSC) has opened a new hub at Eastham on the Wirral. The new center is located at Queen Elizabeth II Dock, Eastham and was opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead in the presence of The High Sheriff of Merseyside, The Deputy Mayor of Wirral, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool and The Mayor of Sefton. LSC CEO John Wilson said the new £40,000 ($51,000) center will work in partnership with its headquarters at Colonsay House in Crosby to provide support to the 50,000 seafarers who pass through Merseyside’s ports each year.

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Seafarers' Center Honors Houston Port Executive Director

The "Bronze Anchor Award" recognizes an individual, company or organization that has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to promoting the HISC mission and vision, and served as a leader and advocate for the welfare of seafarers. Guenther will be officially honored as a "Bronze Anchor Award" recipient at the HISC Maritime Gala to be held May 6, 2017. The gala will be held earlier in the year than normal and will coincide with the Seafarers' Center's upcoming move to a new location at the Port of Houston.

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Boardley Named Mission to Seafarers Chairman

The Mission to Seafarers announced that Tom Boardley, Executive Vice President of Lloyd’s Register has been appointed as the new Chairman of the global maritime welfare charity. Boardley will formally take on the role from the incumbent Chairman Robert Woods CBE on April 1,2017. Robert Woods said, “I am pleased to be handing over the chairmanship of The Mission to Seafarers to Tom Boardley. Tom has a great reputation within the industry, and I have no doubt is the right person to steer the Mission through the next stage of the charity’s evolution.

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SMM Features Charity Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers has launched its £15,000 fundraising campaign after been invited by SMM Hamburg 2016 to appear as featured guest charity at the fair which launched today. This new fundraising drive has been kicked-off by Hamburg-based shipping company Brise Bereederungs (Brise) who have donated £3,000 to the cause and Promotion Union who have donated its agency fee of €1,000 to The Mission. Visitors to SMM will be greeted by a crew of Mission fundraisers, dressed in traditional seafaring outfits, which have been inspired by 19th century sailors.

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Mission to Seafarers to Feature at SMM Hamburg

Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers has been invited by the team at SMM Hamburg 2016 to appear as featured guest charity at the 2016 fair. Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director of SMM, said: “We are delighted that The Mission to Seafarers will be our featured guest charity in their 160th anniversary year. The Mission’s work is vital in providing seafarers and their families with round the clock care and support in over 200 ports in 50 countries worldwide. Seafarers are the life-blood of the shipping industry.

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Mission to Seafarers Launches Corporate Partnership Portfolio

At its seminar during Posidonia, The Mission to Seafarers has launched its Corporate Partnership Portfolio, outlining its suggestions for how the maritime industry can deliver on corporate social responsibility and describes how The Mission, and more widely the shipping community, can support practical seafarers’ welfare projects. The 32-page document details key areas that are vital for the operations The Mission carries out: corporate social responsibility; its network of branches; corporate partnership, support it receives and employee engagement.

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Seafarers' Vital Role in Migrant Crisis - Mission to Seafarers

As the treacherous Mediterranean Sea claimed more than 1,000 lives over the past few weeks, Mission to Seafarers has praised seafarers in their efforts in helping save the lives of many, but more must be done to support seafarers in the deepening crisis, they warn. During its seminar during Posidonia, entitled: ‘Plans for the Eastern Med and Assistance to Crews Affected by the Refugee Crisis’, The Revd Canon Ken Peters, Director of Justice and Public Affairs at The Mission will address industry concerns, including how refugees and seafarers are regarded and treated under international law.

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Seminar to Consider Seafarers' Part in Refugee Crisis

Building on its position as the nominated charity for next month’s Posidonia shipping exhibition, The Mission to Seafarers will shine a spotlight on refugee migration by sea and its effect on vessel crewmembers at the show by hosting a seminar on this worrying issue. The seminar, entitled: ‘Plans for the Eastern Med and Assistance to Crews Affected by the Refugee Crisis’, will be chaired by Jos Standerwick, Director of Development for The Mission. The seminar will discuss the impact the recent refugee crisis in the Mediterranean has had on the seafarers…

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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.

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Project MARE: Connecting Seafarers Electronically

The Mission to Seafarers and the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) are launching a new project entitled MARE, which aims at enhancing the ability of seafarers’ welfare agencies to connect with seafarers’ using innovative digital tools. The MARE project is an exciting new initiative which will be delivered by NAMMA and funded with strategic support from The Mission to Seafarers, one of the world’s leading international Christian seafarers’ welfare charities.

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NAMMA and MTS Launch The MARE Project

Press release - The North American Maritime Ministry Association is launching a new project aimed at enhancing the ability of traditional shore-based seafarers’ welfare agencies to connect with seafarers’ using innovative digital tools. Supported by The Mission to Seafarers, NAMMA’s MARE project seeks to develop and test the best new ways to support the welfare of the 1.5 million seafarers on the world’s oceans. The MARE project (pronounced Mar-Ay; Latin for the “Sea”) is an exciting new initiative of the North American Maritime Ministry Association…

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Mission to Seafarers Responds to Singapore Strait Tragedy

Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers outlines emergency support work with surviving crew members of the Thorco Cloud – a general cargo vessel which sank in the Singapore Strait after a collision on December 16. The other vessel involved, chemical tanker Stolt Commitment, received only minor damage and is in a stable condition. Cayman Islands-registered Stolt Commitment and freighter Thorco Cloud bearing the Antigua and Barbuda flag collided in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.

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Captain Walker Takes Helm of Mission to Seafarers

Press release - Captain Lee Wai Pong hands over the baton to his successor; to take the Mission forward, as it continues to build on the great steps taken towards local determination and financial self-sustainability. The Mission to Seafarers global maritime welfare charity has announced that a new Chairman of Singapore has been appointed. Captain Robert Walker takes over from Captain Lee Wai Pong, who stands down after four years exemplary service. Under Wai Pong’s talented and charismatic leadership…

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