The Reverend Andrew Wright has taken up his position as the new Secretary General of the Mission to Seafarers.
The new Mission to Seafarers Secretary General has had his first day at the office. He will lead one of the founder members of the International Christian Maritime Associations’ members. He is no stranger to ICMA having previously been principal chaplain of ICMA member RNMDSF, the UK-based mission who care for fishers.
ICMA welcomes Andrew Wright in his new role at the Mission and in our ecumenical family. We pray that he, and the Mission, will be richly blessed in serving seafarers to the glory of God.
We had previously reported:
The Central Office of the Mission to Seafarers announced that the Reverend Andrew Wright has been appointed as its Secretary General. Wright will assume office in February of 2013. In a statement released by the Mission to Seafarers Wright stated: “[The] International Christian Maritime Association has given me a real understanding of global maritime welfare issues.”
The Central Office of the Mission to Seafarers manages many global stations and collaborates with several affiliated operations all over the world.
“I am deeply honoured to have been invited to take up the post of Secretary General at The Mission to Seafarers. I am very conscious of the rich heritage of the Mission and of the dynamic way in which its work has evolved in the 21st century. I will ensure that the Mission sustains its charitable purpose in a way which is faithful to its roots but which continues to show that openness to creativity and development which has been integral to success over so many years, and which has won the admiration of so many, most especially those seafarers to whom the Mission means so much.”
“Seafaring remains a very dangerous and exposed occupation. It brings long, long periods of absence from family. Welfare issues can too often be hidden by inaccessibility and the vastness of the seas. Crews once held so high in public esteem and imagination are now largely forgotten. I am determined to raise the profile of the Mission’s vital work, and to champion the welfare of the men and women that crew the merchant fleet as my driving priority.”
“I have worked in close collaboration with some of the key maritime agencies in the UK including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Department of Transport and the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, which will provide the essential context to my work in 2013 and beyond. I have travelled internationally, particularly in Canada and South America and have witnessed the sometimes brutal treatment of seafarers. My involvement with the International Christian Maritime Association has given me a real understanding of global maritime welfare issues.”