Year: 2018

Sailors’ Society Port Chaplain retires after 20 years

In 1999, Major David Millar retired from his position as Salvation Army court worker in Auckland and immediately took up the position of Port Chaplain with Sailors’ Society Auckland. David retired from this position almost 20 years later at the age of 85. “It has been a privilege to serve the seafarers visiting Auckland”, he said. The […]

Visit by D/CEO Sailors’ Society

The Deputy CEO of Sailors’ Society, Ms Sandra Welch, visited the Auckland International Seafarers Centre on 10 September. Based in Southampton, UK, Ms Welch has particular  responsibility for the society’s programmes including the Crisis Response Network and the Wellness at Sea programmes. She was visiting NZ for discussions with the International Sailors’ Society New Zealand […]

Sea Sunday Homily

Homily by Rev John Marcon presented at Holy Trinity Cathedral, SEA SUNDAY, Sunday 8 July 2018 Psalm 107: 23 – 32 Acts 27: 27 – 32, 39 – 44   Mark 4: 35 – 41 We sing ‘’Whose arm hath bound the restless wave – for those in peril on the sea’ and those whose voice […]

Snippets from latest reports

At the AGM of the Seafarers Centre on 10 June 2018, various reports were received. Amongst them: In 2017 … … 1199 ships visited Auckland (112 bulk carriers, 667 container ships, 101 passenger ships, 62 general cargo ships, 184 vehicle carriers, 8 research vessels, 30 reefers, 28 tankers).  872 of these ships were visited by […]

50 years’ service to seafarers recognised

At its AGM on Sunday 10 June, the Chairman of the Centre, Captain Chris Barradale, recognised 50 years of service as a volunteer at the centre of GAIL CARRAN. Gail, from Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore,  received the warm congratulations of the members present. “I have so many memories of special people I have volunteered […]

Memorial Services – WAHINE & MARANUI

(Edited) On 10 April 1968 the inter-island ferry WAHINE was lost at the entrance to Wellington Harbour during a fierce storm. 53 people died as a result of the accident – 51 that day, 1 a few weeks later, and another in 1990 from injuries sustained in the accident. <The Wahine Disaster> On 10 April […]

Seafarers and the Internet

One of the many purposes of the Auckland International Seafarers Centre, like most similar organisations around the world, is to connect seafarers with their families. Times change; for many years the centre provided seafarers with a quiet place to write, and the facilities to then post, letters home. Those needing to speak to their loved ones – […]

The chaplains report

At meetings of the AISC Board, the chaplains of the partner societies report on their work. In addition to the more prosaic data and statistics , some personal insights are included. Some of these, from recent reports. are included here “A highlight for me recently was in visiting a ship one Saturday, and as soon as […]

WAHINE Service

Master Mariners, members of the seafarers’ unions, Seafarers Centre Board members and volunteers, friends and supporters gathered at the Auckland Seafarers Centre on 10 April 2018 to remember those whose lives were lost in the foundering of TEV WAHINE on 10 April 1968. The service was lead by the Centre’s chaplains and was followed by […]

Information added in Chinese and Indonesian

The site has been updated to include basic information in Chinese and Indonesian.