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B.C.’s shipping industry celebrates 5th Annual International Day of the Seafarer

By BCShippingNews 25 June 2015
International Sailors' Society of Canada hosts barbeque to recognize seafarers

The International Sailors’ Society of Canada (ISSC) joined with maritime organizations locally and around the world to recognize that almost everything we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport. About 200 people turned out for a barbeque organized by the ISSC at Canada Place on Thursday, June 25 marking the 5th Anniversary of the Day of the Seafarer.

IMO’s Day of the Seafarer highlights support and appreciation for the many seafarers safely operating vessels of all kinds in all conditions around the world and gives thanks to seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and the civil society; and for the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.

Photo above: Left to right: Peter Bernard (Bernard LLP), Frank Vick (award recipient of the Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Award), Nick Parker (Vancouver Mission to Seafarers), John Young and George Adams (International Sailors' Society Canada).

Emphasizing this year’s theme of maritime education and a career at sea, speakers included Consul General Neil Ferrer, Embassy of the Philippines, and John Young, Assistant Vice President, Fairmont Shipping and Chair of ISSC. 

In addition, the ISSC presented awards to the 2015 recipients of the Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Award.  Based on nominations from seafarers centers in Canada the award recognizes and expresses appreciation for the commitment and dedication shown by volunteers who give tirelessly of their time on initiatives to improve the lives of seafarers. This year’s awards were presented to Frank Vink (Vancouver Mission to Seafarers) and Eileen McLaughlin (La Maison du Marin, Quebec). Mr. Vink was on hand at the event in Vancouver to accept his award while Ms. McLaughlin was honoured at a ceremony in Montreal. Donations have been made to both the Vancouver Mission and La Maison on behalf of Mr. Vink and Ms. McLaughlin.

Background

The International Sailors’ Society of Canada works to ensure that a safe and welcoming environment is available to seafarers visiting Canadian ports. Over the past 35 years, the ISSC has contributed over $800,000 to 15 seafarer centres across Canada to help maintain the high quality of services provided by dedicated staff and volunteers.

International Day of the Seafarer, an initiative of the International Maritime Organization is celebrated around the world every year on June 25. Today, more than ever, seafaring is a job that demands highly trained and qualified personnel. Modern ships are designed and built to the highest technical standards and require crew members with a high level of professional competence. To operate them safely and efficiently is a stimulating job in a truly hi-tech workplace.

For additional information, please contact:

Donna Spalding
Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada
604-681-9515

Bonnie Gee
Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
604-681-2351