The Port Kembla community came together recently to present a new 12-seater bus to The Mission to Seafarers Port Kembla – Chaplain John Kewa had the first drive and thanked everyone involved for acting so promptly to help seafarers in need of The Missions’ free transport service.
Two men who were on opposite sides of possibly the Maritime industry’s most epic battle were united recently to call for more support for ‘forgotten seafarers’ at the Mission to Seafarers Sydney 2023 Annual Luncheon.
As he surveyed the diverse gathering of 177 people, guest speaker Paddy Crumlin, President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia said the event was a celebration of unity for the sake of seafarers.
At our Mission in Sydney, we recently welcomed a distressed seafarer who couldn’t bear to go back on board his vessel. He was feeling frustrated and helpless. His wife had suffered a miscarriage and then their pet dog died and he couldn’t be there for them. He sought our help. We explained the situation to Border Force and contacted the ship agent who was able to arrange a flight home so that he could be safely reunited with his wife and family.