Month: January 2018

Shore Leave

The Seafarers’ Centre in Auckland (AISC) is located within a short distance from the port. There are no restrictions on shore leave in the port unless imposed by the ship due to the workload, schedule or for other reasons. This is not the case in some ports of the world where distance, lack of transport, […]

Why do we visit ships?

    Ship Visiting is an essential part of the work of the Seafarers Centre. Our chaplains visit ships to: let seafarers know about the Centre and the services we offer; be a friendly face; be ready to assist with any welfare problems the seafarers may be experiencing (we can put the seafarer in touch […]

PTSD Takes a Lasting Toll on Seafarers Held Hostage by Pirates

The maritime industry is full of risk, but piracy is a particularly frightening one. Conor Seyle of the foundation One Earth Future explains why the maritime industry needs to better address the PTSD that seafarers may experience. <Read article>

Sanctuary for Seafarers

On 16 December 2017, an interesting article was published in the PORT STRATEGY website. The article starts: “Ports need to balance commercial realties against funding seafarer welfare … Too many ports worldwide are extremely shy about discussing the facilities that they provide for seafarers. This could be because, as Peter Tomlin, chief executive of the […]

Service of Blessing

The newspaper Stuff reported on 14 October 2017 – ‘Soldier killed in exercise a “first class gentleman” ‘ A member of the NZ Defence Force Special Operations Force died during a counter-terrorism training exercise in the waters off the Coromandel Peninsula north of Auckland. The Sergeant, a father of four, died after falling about five […]