At the meeting of the Seafarers’ Centre Board on 21 February, the Chairman and Chaplains provided reports for the previous few months.  The key points are given below:

  • A Norwegian yachtsman rescued by merchant vessel was  assisted. At request of the yachtsman the chaplain purchased and delivered presents to the ship’s crew. <media report>
  • Chocolates and Christmas cards distributed to ships’ crews over Christmas. Small gifts also given to the Port security personnel who are very helpful to our chaplains.
  • Ship’s crew advised of a shipmate in prison. Chaplain contacted prison chaplain for update (relayed information to ship) and will visit if this is possible.
  • 872 ships visited by the ship-visiting team in 2017. <see post>
  • 4040 seafarers visited the Centre (increase of 8.9% on previous year)
  • A box of warm winter hats and gloves were donated to the STV TENACIOUS which is on her way to the Falkland Islands.
  • An Australian member of the crew of a visiting ship was hospitalised and was visited by 2 of the Centre’s chaplains before he was returned home.
  • It was noted that several car-carrier vessels were denied entry into Auckland due to insect infestation  and diverted to Australia for fumigation. <media report> Concern expressed for the crews who will thus be denied vital shore leave. <see post>
  • New Centre brochure produced in Mandarin and Indonesian.
  • Service of Ship Blessing held following death of a Defence Force soldier during an exercise <see post>
  • Chaplain contacted by crew member who had been assisted 2 years previously. Chaplain and his wife invited to lunch aboard cruise ship by the crew member.
  • Chinese/English bible procured and delivered at request of a crew member.
  • Preparations underway for memorial services (50th anniversary of losses of WAHINE and MARANUI) <details>