The Mission To Seafarers News

19 May 2020

Wilhelmsen Crowdfunds to Support Seafarers COVID-19 Relief

(Photo: Wilhelmsen Ship Management)

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.

03 Apr 2020

Inmarsat Offering Crews Discounted Voice Calls

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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…

15 Nov 2019

Stena Line Takes Delivery of New Ferry

Photo: Stena Line

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…

04 Nov 2019

Seafarers Are Happy!

Image: The Mission to Seafarers

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…

08 Aug 2019

Cruise, Ferry Seafarers Among the Unhappiest

Image: The Mission to Seafarers

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…

06 Dec 2018

Princess Royal Addresses Maritime Safety Committee

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Anne, Princess Royal, visited International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London (5 December).The Princess Royal was received by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and addressed the 100th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and took a keen interest in the proceedings, as the Committee discussed measures to enhance maritime security and piracy and armed robbery against ships.The Princess Royal, who is Master of Trinity House and President of the Mission to Seafarers, then met delegates from a number of Member States and non-governmental organizations. Photos here.

22 Nov 2018

Mission to Seafarers Signs MoU with Panama

Pic: The Mission to Seafarers

The Christian welfare charity serving merchant crews around the world 'The Mission to Seafarers' has signed an agreement with the Panama Maritime Authority for the provision of seafarer welfare services, making us the first seafarer charity to operate in Panama.A press release from the international seafarer welfare charity said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Mission and Panama was signed yesterday by the Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers…

25 Jun 2018

Singapore Celebrates ‘Day of Seafarer 2018’

The Singapore Organisation of Seamen helping out with gift hamper distribution. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

In conjunction with the ‘Day of Seafarer 2018’, Jurong Port (JP), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Singapore Authority (PSA), the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) will jointly present 600 gift hampers to ships calling at Singapore. The hampers, containing essential daily items, will reach about 9,000 seafarers as an appreciation for their contributions to the maritime industry and global economy.

04 Jun 2018

Connectivity is Fundamental to Seafarer Happiness

(Photo: The Mission to Seafarers)

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.

18 Feb 2018

Nor-Shipping Partners with ‘Lifesaver’ Mercy Ships

Photo: Nor-Shipping

Leading maritime event week Nor-Shipping has announced that Mercy Ships has been selected as its new charity partner. The global organisation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will receive financial support and promotion throughout Nor-Shipping’s maritime and ocean industry network, supporting its vital work helping and healing those in need. Nor-Shipping 2019, taking place across a series of venues in Lillestrøm and Oslo between 04 – 07 June 2019, will help raise funds and awareness for Mercy Ship’s state-of-the-art Africa Mercy vessel.

23 Jun 2017

Abandonment of Seafarers on Agenda

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Seafarer abandonment was the subject of a seminar held at  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London (22 June) – a joint IMO-Consular Corps of London event. Diplomats and consular officers involved in dealing with abandonment cases heard speakers provide a variety of perspectives on the subject, including on the legal framework, seafarer support, the representation of seafarers' interests, and the flag State perspective. Click for photos. In his opening remarks…

12 Jun 2017

Mental Health at Sea: A Storm is Brewing

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According to the latest statistics, over 25 percent of people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and for those working offshore, this figure is significantly and potentially dangerously higher. What’s more, the problem’s growing. So, what’s causing the rise of mental health problems within our industry and why are seafarers more likely to suffer from these issues than those working on land? Most importantly, what can be done to solve the problem and establish a happier, healthier and safer workforce on the 51,000+ merchant ships that sail our seas?

08 Feb 2017

Seafarers' Center Honors Houston Port Executive Director

Photo: Houston International Seafarers' Center

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.

27 Sep 2016

Woolly Hat Campaign for Mission to Seafarers

Patrick Silla and Jos Standerwick Photo Mission to Seafarers

Following last year’s successful Woolly Hat Day, The Campaign for Wool is once again urging those up and down the country to wear wool to raise money for The Mission to Seafarers on the 14th October as part of Wool Week 2016. With support from shops, schools and businesses this year’s Woolly Hat Day hopes to raise £15, 000 to support the Mission’s important work in assisting seafarers and their families across the world in times of great difficulty. Welcoming the renewed collaboration between the Mission and The Campaign for Wool…

23 Sep 2016

S.Korea: Hanjin Cash, Parent Support Should Cover Offloading Fees

A Hanjin Boxship underway (File image: Hanjin)

Cash from top shareholder, executives should cover offload costs. South Korea's government said cash held by Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd and funds pledged by its parent group should meet the costs of unloading some $14 billion in cargo stranded on vessels operated by the troubled container line. The collapse of South Korea's biggest shipping operator late last month has plunged the shipping industry into chaos ahead of the crucial year-end holiday shopping season as dozens of vessels and their crews wait for money needed to pay for port and handling fees.

06 Jun 2016

Seafarers' Vital Role in Migrant Crisis - Mission to Seafarers

The Revd Cannon Ken Peters Photo 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.

23 Dec 2015

Mission to Seafarers Responds to Singapore Strait Tragedy

Photo: The Mission to Seafarers

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.

03 Dec 2015

Total Lubmarine Celebrates 25 years' Asia-Pacific service

Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part of the company’s Asian infrastructure. Photo Total Lubmarine

Increased demand for marine lubricants in the Asia-Pacific region has underpinned the growth of Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office which this year celebrates 25 years of service to ship operators across the region. Today, Asia represents more than 50% of Total’s lubricants sales across all segments. Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part of the company’s Asian infrastructure. The company’s Hong Kong story began in 1990 when Elf Lubricant Hong Kong Ltd was established…

03 Jun 2015

Nor-Shipping Run Benefits Mission to Seafarers

Greg Trauthwein (left) and Dawn Trauthwein (right) with Benjamin Strong , director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER)

A 5-kilometer fun run to benefit The Mission to Seafarers was held at Norway’s Nor-Shipping conference on June 1. Representing Maritime Reporter & Engineering News at the charity race was Greg Trauthwein, Associate Publisher and Editor, and Dawn Trauthwein, Advertising Sales Manager. Starting in Oslo’s city center, the race course took runners along the Oslofjord, finishing at the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the site of a post-race reception. Celebrating Nor-Shipping’s 50th anniversary and partnership with The Mission to Seafarers…

06 May 2015

Indian Sailors Return Home after Five Month

Image: Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard

Fourteen Indian troopers, who have been stranded on board an oil tanker off the coast of Bahrain since December have lastly left for home, says a report in Gulf Daily news. They were among the 16-member crew of Mongolian vessel MT Surya Kuber, which was banned from leaving the country because its Singapore-based owner 7Seas Ship Management allegedly owed Asry and Kanoo Shipping more than $220,000. In December, the vessel arrived in Bahrain for repairs, but was subsequently detained after refusing to pay Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) for their services.

04 May 2015

‘RASI’ Charity Rowers ‘Smashed It’ Round Singapore

Courtesy RASI

Charity endurance event ‘Row Around Singapore Island (RASI)’ beats electrical storm and finishes with time triumph, high emotion and VIP celebrations at the finish line. ‘Mission RASI’, took place last week as part of Singapore’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, was successfully completed in 23 hours and 15 minutes – within the tough target time of 24 hours. The rowers survived a violent storm at sea overnight, and half way through the daring challenge, which threatened to halt the race altogether. The tall ship Royal Albatross carried families of the rowers, supporters and the press and media.

21 Apr 2015

‘Row around Singapore Island’ Takes off today

A group of 40 enthusiasts from the maritime and insurance community in Singapore have come together, to undertake a 24 hour endurance sea challenge

The epic endurance challenge that will see 32 volunteers rowing 140km non-stop around Singapore is starting in less than 24 hours. The project has raised a staggering $450,000 with more donations flooding in daily for global maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers. In Singapore’s 50th Golden Anniversary year, the project proudly carries the SG50 logo of support along with official endorsement by President Tony Tan Keng Yam of the Republic of Singapore and Mission to Seafarers’ President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal of the United Kingdom.

16 Apr 2015

Nor-Shipping Fun Run

Photo: The Mission to Seafarers

A 5-kilometer fun run will be held at Norway’s Nor-Shipping conference on June 1 to benefit The Mission to Seafarers. Starting in Oslo city centre, the scenic course will takes runners along the Oslofjord, finishing at the Norwegian Maritime Museum, where participants can unwind with a post-race reception. Celebrating Nor-Shipping’s 50th anniversary and partnership with The Mission to Seafarers, the fun run provides an opportunity to take in some of Oslo’s beautiful scenery and network with shipping industry peers, while raising funds to support seafarers and their families.

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