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Seafarers Awards 2022 Winners and Highly Commended Entries

It was great to get back to a 'live' Seafarers Awards ceremony in Singapore for the first time since May 2019. Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended entries and thanks, as always, to our sponsors.

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A Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The British High Commission Singapore and Saint George’s Church invite you to a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday 17 September at 4.30pm. The service will be held at St George’s Church, 44 Minden Road, Singapore 248816. Doors to the church will open at 4.00pm and seats are limited. The dress is optional dark formal. Those who would like to join the service remotely may do so via live stream on Saint George’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3XiiscEDE364s6-ixmdgrw

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HM Queen Elizabeth II

The entire Mission to Seafarers family is profoundly saddened to hear of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. We send our deepest sympathies to the Royal Family and all those mourning this great loss. We are honoured to have had Her Majesty as our Patron for the full length of her reign and give thanks for her supportive association with us over so many years. We owe her a particular debt of gratitude and share the sadness felt by countless others around the world.

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Welcome back Seafarers!

It was a pleasure and a privilege this week to receive the first seafarers back to our Jurong Port drop-in centre after, in the words of our port chaplain, Toh Soon Kok, '2 long years'! Soon Kok was also able to drive them to the world-famous Mustafa Centre in Little India for a proper break from months on board and of course a little retail therapy for some essentials and treats.

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SEAFARERS’ AWARDS WINNERS 2021

December 21, 2021

Congratulations again to all the finalists, highly commended and winners of the Seafarers’ Awards 2021. We are pleased to announce the Awards Winners below: 

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LEST WE FORGET

November 15, 2021

A beautiful morning at the immaculately-kept Kranji War Memorial once again for this year’s  Remembrance Sunday service. Strictly by invitation only and with very limited numbers this time to adhere to the continuing safety measures, the rest of us were lucky enough to follow on the live stream.  However, our Chairman, Capt. Rob Walker, was indeed present and laid a wreath on behalf of the Mission to Seafarers Singapore.

 

Lest we forget.

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NEW DATE FOR SEAFARERS AWARDS 2021 – SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

October 13, 2021

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and restrictions in Singapore, we have decided to take our Awards Ceremony online.

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SMOU AND MTSS WORKING TOGETHER FOR SEAFARERS

October 8, 2021

The Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union has kindly supplied 300 Covid-19 test kits for off-signers on board Singapore registered ships and we welcome the opportunity for a quick safe-distanced chat with seafarers at the gangway as we deliver them at Jurong Port.

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SEA ASIA 2021 – NEXT WEEK ALREADY!

September 16, 2021

Sign up and support the Mission to Seafarers Singapore at the same time via Sea Asia’s kind donation for every registrant – another excellent reason to attend besides a great few days of outstanding conferences and virtual interaction.

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SEAFARERS’ AWARDS DEADLINE EXTENDED

August 28, 2021

*PLEASE NOTE, DEADLINE FOR SEAFARERS’ AWARDS ENTRIES EXTENDED TO 10th SEPTEMBER 2021*

There are countless seafarers out there who deserve the same recognition as did Giovanni Lauron in 2019, as well as shore-based staff and others.

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SEA ASIA 2021 AND THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS SINGAPORE

August 11, 2021

Our thanks go to Sea Asia 2021 for its kind and generous support of the Mission to Seafarers Singapore.

This virtual event runs from 21-23 September 2021 and you can get a ‘Sneak Peek’

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SHIP VISITS…ALMOST!

August 2, 2021 

Over the past 2 weeks MtSS staff members were able to distribute gift packs to seafarers on board 20 vessels at anchorage in the Singapore Strait.

 

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SEA SUNDAY 18TH JULY 2021

July 21, 2021

Pictured: Tommy, Soon Kok, Rob and Susan from the Mission to Seafarers Singapore along with the Rev. Ian Hadfield from St. George’s Church.

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DAY OF THE SEAFARER 2021

June 30, 2021

Day of the Seafarer 2021 saw MPA, SMOU and the Mission to Seafarers Singapore present gift packs to off-signers eagerly awaiting their flights home.

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SEA SUNDAY 11TH JULY 2021

June 15, 2021

Spare local coins or foreign notes?

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PORT CHAPLAIN TO SPEAK AT LOGISYM ASIA PACIFIC 2021

April 30, 2021

Thanks to our friends at LogiSYM/CARGONOW/LSCMS for the invitation to our Port Chaplain, Toh Soon Kok, to speak at LogiSYM Asia Pacific 2021 and for the Mission to Seafarers Singapore to feature as the event’s official Charitable Organisation.

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CATCH UP WITH CHAPLAIN TOH SOON KOK ON BRITCHAM SINGAPORE PODCAST

April 7, 2021

Chairman of the MTSS Ambassador group, Chris Jones, chaired the latest episode in the excellent BritCham Singapore Podcast series covering the continued impact of COVID-19 on seafarers.

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DONATION BY ‘HEROES AT SEA’ FUNDRAISERS

March 2, 2021

The Mission to Seafarers Singapore thanks the ‘Heroes at Sea’ fundraising group for its kind donation of almost S$17,000 which was raised from sponsors and participants in its Circumnavigate the Globe initiative during November and December 2020.  It seems they clocked up enough kms between them to have actually gone twice around!

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SMM’S ‘OPEN STREAM’ – COVID-19 AND SEAFARERS

February 5, 2021

Participating in yesterday’s SMM ‘Open Stream’ entitled ‘COVID-19 and Seafarers’ Welfare: Lessons Learned and Prospects for the Future’, Canon Andrew Wright, General Secretary of the Mission to Seafarers, reflected that whilst the need to assist seafarers through the current pandemic crisis is the biggest peacetime challenge we have faced, it is hoped that it can be the turning point in addressing many of the pre-existing issues.

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‘FLOATEL’ VISIT

January 19, 2021

Vice-President of the Mission to Seafarers, Mr. Esben Poulsson, together with the Assistant General Secretary of the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union, Mr. Larry Gwee and local MTSS staff, recently visited the Crew Facilitation Centre (CFC) at Tanjong Pagar Terminal.

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INTERNATIONAL SAFETY AT SEA 2020 – SEAFARERS’ MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

December 1, 2020

Port Chaplain Toh Soon Kok joined the panel today for the Seafarers’ Health & Wellness plenary session chaired by Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Hon. President of the Nautical Institute (Singapore), which discussed the short and long-term needs for improvement.

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SEAFARERS’ AWARDS 2020 – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

November 7, 2020

The winners of the 2020 Seafarers’ Awards were revealed on 6th November in a virtual ceremony viewed around the globe.

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REAL AWARDS – VIRTUAL DELIVERY!

November 2, 2020

Join MtS and other maritime industry figures for a virtual Awards ceremony to celebrate the contribution to welfare made by seafarers worldwide in 2020.

 

Register here

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SEAFARERS’ AWARDS – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30TH SEPTEMBER

August 28, 2020

*NOMINATIONS EXTENDED for the SEAFARERS’ AWARDS to 30th SEPTEMBER 2020* Five awards for outstanding contributions to seafarers’ welfare: SEAFARER’S AWARD – The seafarer who has made a significant contribution to welfare at sea. SHORE-BASED AWARD – The shore-based person who has made a significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare.

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ST. GEORGE’S SINGAPORE SEA SUNDAY SERVICE

16th August 2020:  Sea Sunday was celebrated locally and online from St.George’s Church, Singapore, where thanks and prayers were offered for Seafarers worldwide and their continued dedication during the current crisis, despite increasingly difficult conditions.

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SEA SUNDAY GLOBAL SERVICE

July 13, 2020

Sea Sunday has been a long-term fixture on The Mission to Seafarers’ calendar, but the event this year carries even greater poignancy. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers have selflessly continued to keep the global economy turning – ensuring that essential cargoes of food, medicine, fuel and other supplies reach us.

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JUNE 2020 – RENEWED ANCHORAGE VISITS & MPA PRESENTATION

18th: Very pleasing to restart anchorage visits after several months due to the pandemic.  Measures were in place to ensure minimal contact between seafarers and the MtSS Chaplain, Soon Kok Toh.  A line was lowered from the ship for the Chaplain to secure care packs – kindly provided collectively by MPA, SMOU, SOS/Seacare and SSA – for the seafarers to hoist aboard.

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SMAA 2020

June 23, 2020

Thanks again to Seatrade and Mr. Chris Hayman for their support of the Mission to Seafarers Singapore during today’s excellent and unique Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia 2020 online presentation!

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HUNGRY FOR SOME LOCAL FARE.

March 30, 2020

Staff of MtSS brought some relief last week to seafarers who have not had the chance to leave their ships for the last two months, delivering some local fare including chicken rice, pandan cakes, chicken pau, prawns and squid.  Sorry no chilli crab this time round guys!

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AWARDS 2020 – SAVE THE NEW DATE!

March 30, 2020

10th DECEMBER 2020 – the new date for the Seafarers’ Awards Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.

 

Thanks to all our sponsors and stakeholders for their continued support – there’s still some tables left, as well as more time to get your entries in, with the deadline extended to 17th August 2020.

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2020 AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRIES!

February 20, 2020

Condrado Gascon of Masterbulk was recognised as “The seafarer who contributed significantly to crew welfare within an organisation” at the 2019 Seafarer Awards Dinner in Singapore. Download the nomination form for this year’s awards via this link: http://bit.ly/3brvpoX The 2020 awards takes place on the 29th May and the deadline for entries is 14th April.

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A BUSY MONDAY EVENING AT PASIR PANJANG…

December 17, 2019

…as the MTSS Chaplain, Toh Soon Kok, his colleagues, volunteers and staff from SMOU welcomed visitors to the drop-in centre there for some Christmas cheer.

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A JOYOUS ‘CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT’ EVENING

December 9, 2019

With another excellent turnout, the 17th ‘Carols by Candlelight’ evening was enjoyed by all those in attendance, from young children to the somewhat older 3 Kings from the Mission to Seafarers Singapore!

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MTSS AT IMPA SINGAPORE

October 7, 2019

Come along and say hi to the Mission to Seafarers Singapore at IMPA on the 5th and 6th November at Suntec City, the ASEAN event for maritime purchasing and supply professionals.  

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INTERNATIONAL SAFETY@SEA CONFERENCE 2019

September 3, 2019

Some real food for thought from speakers who shared their insight and research at the MPA’s International Safety@Sea Conference 2019.  Clockwise, from top left: Capt Kevin Wong, Port Master, MPA; Ms Jodie Reibel,VP, Wilhelmsen; Dr Quek Boon Kiat, Director, A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing; Commander (Ret.) Itai Sela, Founder and CEO, Naval Dome; Mr Andrew Wong, Regional Manager, IMarEST.

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MTSS AND SMOU WELCOME SEAFARERS TO CELEBRATE SINGAPORE’S BIRTHDAY

August 26, 2019

Better late than never, they say, and Seafarers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Montenegro and the   Philippines will no doubt agree as they enjoyed the facilities at the International Seafarers Drop-in Centre at Pasir Panjang, along with some excellent local fare, kindly supplied by SMOU, to celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday.

The Mission to Seafarers Singapore was privileged to have along Mr. Wong Kai Cheong, Deputy Director of MPA’s Shipping Division, to extend the official welcome to the Seafarers and to thank them for all their hard work on behalf of us all.  This was echoed by SMOU’s Industrial Relations Officer, Mr. Kelvin Lin, and MTSS Chaplain, Toh Soon Kok.

 

Gift hampers were distributed for those attending to share with crew members and StarHub gave free sim cards, which were also much appreciated.

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SAVE THE DATE!!

August 2, 2019

A heads up everybody for 2020’s event of the year, the 3rd annual Seafarers’ Awards Dinner!

So save the date, Friday 29th May at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.

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SEA SUNDAY – JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

July 8, 2019

Susan Koh and the team have been hard at work and kick-started our Sea Sunday 2019 by delivering envelopes at the St Andrews Cathedral clergy meeting last week.

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SEATRADE ASIA AWARDS, HONG KONG

July 8, 2019

On a thoroughly good evening at the recent Seatrade Asia Awards in Hong Kong, the Reverend Canon Stephen Miller accepts Seatrade’s kind donation to the Mission to Seafarers Singapore. 

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GREAT TRADEWINDS SPREAD FOR THIS YEAR’S SEAFARERS’ AWARDS DINNER

May 29, 2019

Thanks again to Tradewinds for its continued support for our fundraising efforts in Singapore and beyond.

 

Don’t forget, if you missed out on this excellent evening, you can still donate at:  www.giving.sg/the-mission-to-seafarers-singapore

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE SEAFARERS’ AWARDS 2019. RECOGNITION WELL-DESERVED!

May 27, 2019 

Guests from across the industry shared an excellent evening in Singapore on 10th May in appreciation of Seafarers worldwide.  The Awards winners were:

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MTSS AT THE ASIAN MARINE CASUALTY FORUM

April 12, 2019

MTSS thanks the organisers of the excellent Asian Marine Casualty Forum for their support this week.

 

Some great questions raised as to the expectations placed on Seafarers in times of crisis, from firefighting to social media!  

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SEAFARERS AWARDS 2019 OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

February 15, 2019

Do you have a colleague, or does your company deserve recognition for outstanding contributions to Seafarers’ welfare?

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SEAFARERS’ AWARDS DINNER 2019 – FRIDAY 10TH MAY

January 29, 2019

The Mission to Seafarers Singapore invites the maritime community to join us on this special evening at the InterContinental Hotel to celebrate the role seafarers play in our everyday lives.

 

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