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.
Further 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