Ahead of the ICMA Annual General Meeting set for September 28th at Manila, Philippines, ICMA publish the Annual Report and Accounts of the Charity as approved by the Executive Committee.  DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE

In the reporting year to December 2015 ICMA continued to deliver on the ICMA Strategic Plan (2014-2018) with significant partnership developments across the maritime sector. In November 2015 ICMA combined with ISWAN in Gdynia Poland for its AGM and a successful international seminar on seafarer welfare. In Poland the ICMA Professional Development Committee launched a new curriculum with online training for chaplains. In other developments; positive and practical connections were made with the innovative work of the Sailors’ Society to establish a ship visitor APP, and ICMA actively facilitated efforts to make the APP available to member organisations of ICMA for improving port based welfare provision. A pilot trial was held in early 2016 with over 100 users in ports across the world.

AHOYFurther partnership work has provided for the AHOY 2016¬† course. This initiative beginning in 2015 has attracted significant funding and support¬† from three maritime funders in an unique collaboration for ‘cultural; immersion’ training at Manila in the Philippines in September 2016.

An initial survey of those attending the course in Manila estimates that between 70,000 – 100,000 Filipino seafarers a year are being served directly by this particular group of port based welfare workers.¬† Ship visiting, engagement with seafarers in seafarers’ centres, and providing communications and transportation are part of this daily interaction to benefit Filipinos and all seafarers away from home. A cultural immersion course In Manila will provide welfare workers with a better informed perspective for improving services to all Filipino seafarers in their care.

ICMA August 2016


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