With our specialist marine travel division, a charity partnership with Sailors' Society<http://www.sailors-society.org/Pages/default.aspx> is a perfect match for ATPI. The international maritime charity provides much needed welfare and support for merchant seafarers around the world.
ATPI are planning to get involved with a number of events across the globe including the Clipper Regatta and Manila Gala Dinner.
ATPI Group CEO Graham Ramsey says "We're proud to provide on-going support to Sailors' Society, a charity which we recognise for their fantastic work caring for the professional and personal well-being of merchant mariners, both in port and whilst away at sea."
ATPI Group has specialist operations in marine travel, understanding the complexity of moving ship crews and the challenges of life at sea. Our work with Sailors' Society will be towards enhancing the well-being of seafarers.
Sailors’ Society is an international charity that provides a personal lifeline for the world’s 1.5m seafarers and their families, at home, in port and at sea. Working in over 50 ports, as well as in seafaring communities, worldwide the charity is changing lives for the better, through chaplaincy, education, and the relief of poverty and distress.
Sailors’ Society port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors visit thousands of ships and seafarers every year, directly addressing the needs of seafarers. They offer practical help, emotional and spiritual support, financial assistance in times of need, and family liaison.
Education is one of Sailors’ Society’s key objectives. Four of its initiatives – which include investing in the future of seafaring – are explained below:
The Propeller Club MaritimeONE scholarships
Sailors’ Society has embarked on a two-year catering training scheme, in partnership with the Propeller Club of Manila. Based in Manila, 12 underprivileged students between the ages of 18 and 25 have been selected to train as cooks and be equipped with the necessary skills to secure contracts with international shipping companies.
Maritime Scholarships Programme
As part of this programme, Sailors’ Society is annually sponsoring four scholarships on two diplomas, which are offered under the Singapore MaritimeONE programme. In addition to the MaritimeONE programme, the Society will also be offering means-tested maritime scholarships to those most in need of financial help to fund their maritime education. The Society will work in partnership with eight maritime colleges around the world, with each college offered two scholarships to the value of S$10,000 each.
Sailors’ Society has a dedicated fund offering small grants to assist maritime students with their nautical education.
Sailors' Society Wellness at Sea
A coaching programme for cadets and officers aimed at improving on board health and well-being.
Relief of distress
Rebuild the Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan devastated Filipino communities in November 2013. The charity partnered with Habitat for Humanity to provide a dedicated relief fund for seafaring communities. To date the charity has built 48 homes, two medical facilities and three classrooms, as well as supplying fishing boats to supplement income. In addition to ongoing chaplaincy support, Sailors’ Society has provided repair and enterprise grants and a dedicated family outreach worker.
Sailors' Society Crisis Response Centre
This Durban-based facility provides 24-hour rapid response and trauma counselling for survivors of piracy attacks and other disasters at sea.
You can find out more about the work of Sailors’ Society by visiting www.sailors-society.org or follow the charity on Twitter
Sailors’ Society port chaplains provide support in the following locations:
England: Southampton, Felixstowe, Humber ports, Birkenhead, Wirral & Manchester Ship Canal Dover, Portbury & Avonmouth, Portishead, Tilbury, London Gateway, Portishead, Plymouth
Wales: Cardiff, Swansea & Port Talbot, Newport, Barry
Scotland: Aberdeen, Leith, Grangemouth & Hound Point, Dundee, Montrose & Arbroath, Invergordon, Isle of Islay
Australia: Port Adelaide
Belgium: Antwerp. Zeebrugge
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Paranagua, Vitoria, Guarapari, Porto Santos, Salvador, Maceió, Superporto do Açu
Ghana: Tema, Takoradi
India: Kakinada, Visakhapatnam
Indian Ocean: Réunion
Indonesia: Jakarta, Belawan, Surabaya
Liberia: Monrovia, Harper, Greenville, Buchanan
Mozambique: Nacala, Maputo
New Zealand: Auckland
Philippines: Manila, Subic Bay
South Africa: Durban, Cape Town, Richards Bay
Ukraine: Belgorod-Dnestrovsky, Ilyichevsk, Ismael, Kherson, Mariupol, Odessa
USA: Honolulu Harbour