The Mission to Seafarers’ annual Seafarers Awards ceremony in Singapore returned in person on Oct. 6 after a two-year hiatus.
The awards ceremony underscores the value and importance of the seafarers’ welfare as well as honor individuals and organizations that have contributed to the improvement of the seafarers’ well-being.
The Mission to Seafarers also released the list of award winners on its website with Hafnia’s Captain Rohit Minocha bagging the Seafarers Award while Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) Captain Seul Gu was highly commended. The award showcases the seafarer who made the “most significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare.”
In addition, BSM Capt. Oleksandr Litvinov won the Shoreside Award, which is given to the person who made “a significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare.”
The Cadet Award, an award for the cadet or trainee who made “a significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare either at sea or ashore,” was given to AMOSUP/Columbia’s Van Alfred Villanueva.
The Innovation Award was presented to INMARSAT as the company that “embraced a new programme, project or training which enhanced the welfare of seafarers”, while Wartsila Voyage was highly commended.
Furthermore, BSM Capt. Sergiy Tatarenko and the crew of the CHITTAGONG grabbed the Rescue Award – an award given to the captain and crew who have “coordinated a successful rescue operation to save lives at sea.” Zeaborn Capt. Erwin Bondoc of the PELICANA was highly commended.
Eastern Pacific Shipping was awarded the Secretary General Award as the company that has “shown sustained efforts to improve seafarers’ welfare at sea or ashore,” while Tracy Gao Wen of Pacific International Lines Marine Personnel Department was highly commended.
Moreover, Akshhaya Mondkar of Campbell Shipping received a particular recognition from the judges for her multiple nominations in various categories for her contribution as a nutritionist to seafarers’ well-being.
Mission to Seafarers awards ceremony
In the ceremony, The Mission to Seafarers Singapore Chairperson Capt. Robert Walker extended his warm welcome to the attendees following the “two-year ‘virtual’ break.”
“The recognition of individuals and groups who show special effort and dedication to the welfare of seafarers both at sea and ashore is particularly rewarding. It highlights that the more work the industry does in collectively raising awareness and concern for seafarer welfare, the more productive and safer the industry will be for all,” he said.
Walker also shared the organization’s vision, “Our vision is to expand and change in line with Singapore port growth and continue to reach out to as many of the seafarers that visit Singapore as possible. However, none of this would be possible without the support of our volunteers, sponsors and partners and we therefore take this opportunity to thank all.”
Meanwhile, the Reverend Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, congratulated this year’s winners:
“I heartily congratulate all the winners from another very strong field this year. The last two years have given rise to many incredible seafarer welfare projects, providing vitally important services. In addition, many individuals have achieved extraordinary things in going the extra mile for seafarer well-being. It was great to see this reflected in the awards in such diverse ways.”
Wright also pointed out the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the seafarers as well as their families, “These remain disruptive and challenging times for us all, with seafarers and their families often acutely impacted. The lack of shore leave for example has continued to severely impact many seafarers as well as The Mission to Seafarers’ traditional services.”
However, he offered assurance that they have “taken a number of steps” to combat the situation.
“To combat this, we have taken a number of steps, including the launch of new digital systems of support, building on the Chat to a Chaplain initiative. The industry has made significant progress in responding to seafarer need[s] in these last three years but must continue to tackle the perennial problems of shore leave and connectivity and provide extra support to manage the impact that unprecedented world events are having on seafarers’ well-being and mental health,” he said.
Source: The Mission to Seafarers