The most difficult challenge, says Chief Cook, Aldwin Silverio, is "being away from my family, especially for me, because I'm a newly-wed".
A seafarers' world is another world. I still get seasick when I sail on a little boat or on a big ship. Despite this, I've been a chaplain aboard many cruise ships for 6 years. Working on a contract up to 11 months long made me understand the loneliness and the needs of seafarers at sea.
Being nominated in the top five ports of the world for three consecutive years 2010, 2011 and 2012 in the category "Port of the Year" and finally being selected by the ICSW (now ISWAN) as the "Port of the Year – 2012" was indeed a great honor for Kandla and the nation India.
Wrist Ship Supply, a new member of ISWAN, is sponsoring the Seafarer Centre of the Year in the International Seafarers' Welfare Awards which were launched on 9 September. The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards are now in their fourth year and are run by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network, (ISWAN). Wrist Ship Supply is the world's largest ship supplier and its headquarters are in Denmark with offices all over the world.
Robert Kledal, Chief Executive of Wrist, said 'We are delighted to be sponsoring the Seafarer Centre of the Year Award. The welfare of seafarers is important to us as they are the end users of our services.'
Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN said 'ISWAN really appreciates Wrist's support for the International Seafarers' Welfare Awards and their membership of ISWAN. We need more companies like Wrist to support the awards and also to join our organisation to improve the welfare of seafarers worldwide'.
The awards are nominated by seafarers and nominations close on 26 November 2013. The other awards categories are shipping company of the year, port of the year, and welfare personality of the year. The awards will be presented by Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation at a high profile event at the ILO in Geneva on 7 April 2014.
Seafarers can nominate for the awards here.
Wrist Ship Supply website is at www.wrist.com
The challenges of our everyday life, says seafarer Walter Torres, "is the loneliness – being away from the family".
Being selected as the Seafarers' Center of the Year was an honour. Because the nominations for this recognition come from the mariners themselves, it was very meaningful to our entire organization.
The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2014 are being launched today, as representatives from the global shipping industry gather in London for International Shipping Week. For seafarers, the backbone of the industry, welfare services and facilities can be a life line when working away from home for long periods of time.
Seafarer Dean Patrick Lim from the Philippines has been working at sea, away from his family, for the past 14 years. Communication services like Skype are invaluable for his family life. "Communication is most important" says Patrick, "with Skype I can see my kids, my wife and even my house". But in many ports, the availability of affordable internet or phone connections is still limited.
Last year, judges awarded Wilhelmsen Ship Management with the Shipping Company of the Year Award, for the high quality welfare services the company provides to its crew.
As a leading ship manager, Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM), acknowledges that competent and satisfied seafarers are its greatest asset. A great deal of attention is therefore directed at maintaining a good balance between work and free time and providing seamen with good facilities onboard. This is done through monthly contributions to the ship’s club. The crew can thus enjoy recreational equipment, musical instruments, karaoke equipment and games such as basketball, badminton and cricket. WSM provides full gym facilities on its vessels whenever possible.
InterManager is sponsoring the “Shipping Company of the Year” Award this year. Captain Kuba Szymanski, InterManager Secretary General, explains why his organisation feels that the awards are so important:
25th June 2012 was International Day of the Seafarer - a day to highlight how important seafarers are to everyone as they transport, all over the world, items that we all rely on in our daily lives.
ICSW Trustee attended a celebration in Goa and interviewed some of the seafarers there to hear about their work and challenges.
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