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 I stepped onboard the young man on security duty at the gangway informed me that the ship was the best to work on and had the best captain. When an older seafarer came along to join in the conversation, I asked how long he had been at sea. His answer was 18 years on the same ship. On a more recent visit to that ship, I was told by another crew member that he started on that ship in 1988. A real contrast to some ships where crew members are just waiting for their contracts to expire so that they can change to another ship.”
“During the past few months, I felt blessed by hearing the stories of visiting retired seafarers passing through Auckland. They had fond memories and high praise for the work of seafarers centres throughout the world. These stories tell me of the continuing importance seafarers centres have on the wellbeing of seafarers.”
“In the past few weeks, car carriers from Japan were quarantined at the Port of Auckland and then diverted to Australia for fumigation. Bugs were found on board these ships which pose a danger to our country’s environment. These meant many seafarers would miss their much-needed shore leave.” <See News report from NZ Herald>
Two chaplains visited an injured seafarer while he was in hospital.
“On 20 November I visited MV SOUTHERN LILY to attend to the Norwegian yachtsman, Mr Harald Solfjeld, who was rescued by the ship off the coast of Northland a day before. Pastoral care was provided. He was also looked after by the Norwegian Consulate. Gave him a small travel luggage for his needs. I also fulfilled his request to buy and bring Christmas presents for the SOUTHERN LILY crew.” <See News report from NZ Herald>