Tuesday, 14 February 2017

What shall we do with the redundant Seafarer . . .

Today on Facebook there was this piece of news from the Mission to Seafarers Port Chaplain at Hull (that's Kingston-upon-Hull to you) :

Here is a story from our Port Welfare Officer, Jake Pass, about what the Mission means to Seafarers:
I would like to share with you an encounter I had with a seafarer today while doing my rounds in the Port of Hull. I boarded M/V Marmakira and met Ariel Abao who was the Oiler and from the Philippines. He was excited to see someone from the Flying Angel and started telling me about how he and his family have been using the Family Support Network in Manila.
When he is home he,... his wife, son and two daughters go to the church by the centre and will often then go into the Mission afterwards, he told me that he enjoys spending time there and likes to give of his own time. His family are regularly invited to events held by MtS-PH and they enjoy the fellowship which it offers. We logged onto MtS-PH Facebook page and he showed me pictures of his wife and children at a Christmas party organised by MtS, he then told me how last year he renewed his wedding vows at the Centre and it was beyond obvious that it meant a great deal to him.
The photos are of his family at a Mission event and another of the renewal of wedding vows.

Ariel kept telling me how important The Mission to Seafarers is to him and his family and how comforting it is to know that the Flying Angel is caring for his family at home while it is also caring for him in ports around the world like today in Hull. One of the first things he asks when he comes into port is ‘Where is the seafarers centre? Do you have a contact for the Chaplain or someone at the Mission? This was an inspiring reminder of how important our ministry is and how valuable our international network of branches is for seafarers.
Ariel would like to thank everyone at the Mission for all that we do for seafarers and their families and has asked me to pass on how much he appreciates and uses the Mission in Manila as well as other branches around the world. On behalf of everyone at the Mission, I told him it was our privilege to be able to serve seafarers and their families.

Jake Pass - Port Welfare Officer

Heart warming story isn't it ?

But then I stumbled across this from the Northern Echo :

Rolls-Royce's quest to bring crewless ships to sea is charging ahead after the engineering giant said it has been working with Government-backed groups on the project.
The company plans to release its first fleet of autonomous ships by 2020, in a move that could cut sea transport costs by as much as 20%.

Jonathan Moss, a partner at law firm DWF and international shipping expert, said: "The maritime industry as a whole may suffer in terms of employment levels."

" . . . there will be no crew to protect from piracy"

I like that bit - "may suffer in terms of employment levels".

Looks like the Mission to Seafarers could be a bit busy in the next few years - getting abandoned seafarers back home.

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