Opening of the Refurbished Seafarers' Centre at DP World
On 25th January 2019, our Chairman, Captain Andrew Cassels, had the pleasure of attending the opening of the refurbished Seafarers' Centre at DP World London Gateway. The refurbished centre is a vast improvement on the existing centre and now offers a larger and much airier facility complete with television, WiFi, a pool table and other leisure activities for seafarers to rest in off the ship. The centre was opened by Colin Hitchcock, Harbour Master for DP World, Alex Campbell, CEO QVSR and Stephen Metcalfe MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock. This new facility demonstrates what can be achieved through a collaborative partnership between the port and local welfare providers. Captain Cassels would like to thank DP World for their enthusiastic involvement which will be greatly valued by visiting seafarers visiting this important growing port.
Peterhead Fish Market
On Tuesday 22nd January, Katherine Lockwood, MNWB Port Welfare Committee (PWC) Manager, visited the new Peterhead fish market which opened its fantastic new facilities in June 2018, along with Fishermen's Mission Supt. Steve Murray. They went on to attend the North and East Scotland PWC later in the day, at the fish market.
The purpose of the PWC is to act as an information, communication and networking channel between local members and the Board.
To learn more about the PWC and their role please see: https://www.mnwb.org/Port_Welfare_Committees
# PortWelfare # Scotland # Fishermen
'Life at sea: Working together in times of crisis'
On Wednesday 16th January our Chairman Capt. Andrew Cassels attended the launch of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) charity report ‘Life at Sea: Working together in times of crisis’ the charity hope the two key points people will take away from the report is that seafarers having a friend at port is still vitally important as it means if the seafarer is having issues they’ll be able to discuss them. The other point is how AoS provide; practical, emotional and pastoral care to seafarers when tragedy strikes.
The report covers issues seafarers face such as; hospitalisation, assault and bullying, death at sea, piracy, abandonment, stress and mental health problems, non-payment of wages and refusal of shore leave.
Guests included a wide range from the maritime sector and speakers made a point of stressing the importance of seafarers and fishermen welfare and rights.
To view the AoS Life at Sea report, please see; https://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/…/Life%20at%20Sea%20…
# Seafarers # Welfare # Support
The Merchant Navy Fund awards Combat Stress with £25,000
The Merchant Navy Fund has awarded Combat Stress with £25,000! This means veteran Merchant Navy Seafarers and Fishermen will be provided with a range of mental health services addressing the needs of each individual. These services include;
•A 24 hour confidential help and advice helpline for veterans, former seafarers, serving personnel and families. The helpline can be contacted via phone, text or email.
•A community mental health service which has 14 community teams who provide treatment and support across the country. Each team consists of a community psychiatric nurse, an occupational therapist, a peer support worker and some teams include a substance misuse practitioner. These teams offer both individual and group sessions at venues around the country or over the phone.
•Specialist treatment centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey provide a six-week PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme and an Anger Management Programme. These programmes have both group and individual therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-education, occupational therapy and art therapy.
If you’re a Merchant Navy/Fishermen veteran and interested in any of the above services or want to find out more about Combat Stress see; https://www.combatstress.org.uk/help-you
For more about the Merchant Navy Fund, which is a collaborative initiative between Seafarers UK and the MNWB, that provides grants to organisations who support Merchant Navy seafarers and their dependents see; https://www.merchantnavyfund.org/about-the-fund/
# FeelGoodFriday # Veterans # MerchantNavy # Fishermen
MNWB Seafarers' Welfare Conference and Annual Award for Services to Seafarers
We held our Seafarers’ Welfare Conference on the 27th and 28th November in Liverpool, which was a resounding success. Congratulations to Ina Bruce, The Watch Ashore and Alwyn Bamford, Mission to Seafarers, joint winners of the MNWB Annual Award for Services to Seafarers’ Welfare in recognition of many years of exceptional support and service they have given to seafarers. Awards were also received by Alex Campbell, Queen Victoria’s Seamen’s Rest and Cdre Barry Bryant, Seafarers UK, in recognition of their services to seafarers’ welfare. We were also delighted to welcome Lord Prescott to the evening dinner to present the awards. Thank you again to our speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend and present at our Conference and for their contribution to another successful and thoroughly enjoyable MNWB conference!
MNWB Chairman, Andrew Cassels, opens Tilbury Seafarers' Centre Recreation Area.
ICS and ITF Publish New Guidelines on Welfare Aspects of the ILO MLC
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) have jointly released new 'Guidelines for implementing the Welfare aspects of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)'. Northern Ireland Dances for Seafarers Welfare
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Organised by the local Port Welfare Committee (PWC) and supported by the Port of Belfast, the Northern Ireland maritime community held a Gala Dinner to promote seafarers and fishers’ welfare.
Port of Belfast, Harbour Master Capt Kevin Allen welcomed everyone to the prestigious Port of Belfast Harbour Commissioners venue for another successful event that raised much needed funds in support of the important work of Mission to Seafarers, Seamen’s Christian Friends Society and the Fishermen’s Mission.
Guest speaker, Peter Tomlin (Chief Executive, Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB)) stated ‘Once again, Deputy Harbour Master Paul Hayes and his PWC team have done an excellent job of organising an event that supports the welfare organisations who look after local and visiting seafarers and fishers from all over the world.’
Attended by key members of the maritime sector and supported by MNWB and Seafarers UK, the audience enjoyed excellent pre-dinner entertainment by young, local dancers that included a modern take on the traditional maritime ‘Hornpipe’.
Well done Northern Ireland Port Welfare Committee.
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MNWB Vice Chairman awarded prestigious Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service
Our heartfelt congratulations go out to MNWB Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Board Mark Dickinson , who was awarded the prestigious 2018 Merchant Navy Medal for meritorious service in recognition of his work on seafarer employment, training and welfare.
Mr Dickinson was one of 19 people who were presented with the prestigious award by the Princess Royal at Trinity House, on Wednesday 26 September 2018.
M/V Derbyshire memorial
MNWB Chairman Capt. Andrew Cassels and Chief Executive Peter Tomlin, the latter also representing Seafarers UK, had the privilege to attend the Derbyshire Family Association memorial service at the Liverpool Parish Church remembering the 38th year following the sinking of the M/V Derbyshire and the loss of all 44 lives on board. An emotional service was followed by the dedication of the memorial garden and sculpture, which appropriately overlooks the Mersey. Amongst others, the Reverend Peter McGrath gave a moving speech reminding the 400 strong congregation that for each of the 44 lives lost, there are sons, daughters, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers that are still mourning the loss of their loved ones. Lord Prescott of Kingston-upon-Hull spoke of the importance of properly investigating incidents so that the causes can be understood, and lessons learned. It is without doubt that many incidents have been prevented following the implementation of the 22 recommendations that resulted from the re-opened formal investigation into the loss of the M/V Derbyshire.
From left to right - Pam Brown, Lord Prescott, Steve Todd, Sir Michael Bibby, Capt. Andrew Cassels and Peter Tomlin.
2018 Recipients of the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service (added 03.09.18)
Captain Belinda Bennett, for services to the promotion of the maritime sector
Mr Derek Cardno, for services to the welfare of fishermen
Lieutenant Commander David Carter, for services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare
Mr Stephen Chamberlain, for an act of bravery in saving a life
Captain Timothy Charlesworth, for services to UK ports and the maritime industry
Mr Mark Dickinson, for services to seafarer employment, training and welfare
Captain Antonio Gatti, for services to UK research expeditions
Mr John Halsall, for services to the careers of young seafarers
Captain Nigel Jardine, for services to UK ports and the maritime industry including the small port sector
Captain Robin Lock, for services to a maritime charity
Mr George Lonie, for services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare
Mr Michael Morley, for services to a maritime charity
Captain Nicholas Nash, for services to maritime training
Captain John Rankin, for services to the Merchant Navy
Captain Michael Reeves, for services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarere welfare
Captain Andrew Schofield, for services to the large yacht industry
Captain Ian Shields, for services to a maritime charity
Mr Keith Tompson, for services to a maritime charity
Captain Thomas Woolley, for services to harbour towage and safety standards
MNWB Annual Report 2017 hot off the press (added 30.07.18)
Our Annual Report for 2017 has just been printed. To download a copy please click on the image above.
To see previous years reports please click here.