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World Conference photos on Facebook

Apinya "Jam" Tajit onboard the MV Cap San Diego

Jam is our Facebook Champion

Photos from the ICMA World Conference are being posted on the ICMA Facebook page. Mrs Apinya Tajit, known to all as “Jam”, has kindly agreed to be our Facebook Champion for the duration of the conference. She will be posting conference photographs on Facebook throughout our time in Hamburg.

Jam is a well-known personality in seafarers’ welfare in South East Asia. She is Deputy Director of the Apostleship of the Sea for Sriracha in Thailand and Vice-Chairperson of the ICSW Regional Welfare Committee for South East Asia. She works in the Stella Maris Centre in Sriracha and is active in ship visiting. As her many friends know, she is a keen user of Facebook.

Thanks Jam for your help! Facebook users are invited to see our profile which is called “ICMA Secretariat”.

Welcome to Hamburg

Inka Peschke

The Hamburg Organising Team begins to welcome delegates

As delegates begin to arrive in Hamburg, they are being met at the airport and train station by members of the Organising Team who accompany them to the Baseler Hof Hotel. Transfers are being coordinated by Mr Arne Wesseloh and his team of volunteers from the various seafarers’ centres.

Formal registration opens on Friday morning, co-ordinated by Mrs Inka Peshke. Inka runs the Krayenkamp Seafarers’ Centre where some of the conference delegates will be staying. As delegates arrive at the conference hotel, they will receive their badges and documentation from Inka.

The staff of the ICMA Secretariat arrived from London on Wednesday and are truly delighted with the efficiency of the Hamburg team.

Promoting Seafarers’ Dignity

Members of the Hamburg Organising Team

The theme chosen for the tenth ICMA World Conference is “Promoting Seafarers’ Dignity”.

Below is a brief outline of the conference programme. The full programme can be downloaded by following the link underneath.

  • 19 August: ecumenical service, opening dinner and keynote address
  • 20 August: understanding the workplace, the maritime industry
  • 21 August: understanding seafarers, their families and their needs
  • 22 August: understanding each other, working together
  • 23 August: ecumenical service and departure after lunch

23 August 2011, afternoon: ICMA Annual General Meeting

23 August 2011, afternoon & evening:  ICMA Executive Committee Meeting

Click here to download the full conference programme (PDF 746 KB)

ICMA gathers in Penang, Malaysia

Port chaplains from East Asia join representatives of ICMA member organisations working together for seafarers

Delegates at the East Asia Conference, Penang, Malaysia
Delegates at the East Asia Conference, Penang, Malaysia

Three important events took place last week: the ICMA Annual General Meeting, the Consultative Forum, and the East Asia Regional Conference. ICMA general secretary, Rev Hennie la Grange joined representatives of the 28 ICMA member organisations and more than 20 port chaplains from all over the East Asia region in Penang, Malaysia.

The focus of the East Asia Conference, 21-24 September, was self-care for chaplains and ministry to fishers. The conference was addressed by Dr Marion Gibson, respected academic and valued ICMA partner. Dr Gibson presented a course entitled “Looking after others by looking after ourselves”, accredited by Respond Training. Father Bruno Ciceri delivered a presentation on the development of the ILO Convention on working in the fishing industry. Rev la Grange presented an update on ICMA activity and ministries, highlighting the ICMA website and directory.

Election of Regional Coordinator

Fr Victor Labao was elected as the new ICMA regional coordinator for East Asia. Fr Vic, of Apostleship of the Sea, is port chaplain in Cebu, Philippines. Chaplains of the East Asia region warmly thanked Rev Martina Platte who has acted as regional coordinator for the past two years at the request of the Executive Committee.

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Ecumenical working takes shape in India

The gathering of Christian faith-based port welfare workers held on June 29 and 30 in Chennai, India, has been billed “the beginning of a new journey in the maritime history [of] India”.  The meeting was held under the banner of  the “Ecumenical Maritime Ministry of India (EMMI)”.

EMMI members at the meeting in Chennai, India, 29 and 30 June 2010
EMMI members at the meeting in Chennai, India, 29 and 30 June 2010

EMMI, founded in 2009, aims to unify and strengthen the maritime ministries on the sub-continent and beyond.  Their mission is to reach out to seafarers and their families in India and the South Asia region. Continue reading Ecumenical working takes shape in India

ICMA announces 2010 AGM

Beach in Penang, source: Wikicommons
Beach in Penang, source: Wikicommons
Penang Island, off the Malaysian coast. Map: Wikicommons
Penang Island, off the Malaysian coast. Map: Wikicommons

The next Annual General Meeting of ICMA will take place in Penang, Malaysia, 26 September 2010.

The date and location of the AGM were confirmed by the ICMA Executive Committee which met in London last week. Other events are also scheduled to take place around the AGM. These include the East Asia regional conference, Consultative Forum and Mission to Seafarers regional meeting. For a full list, see the ICMA events calendar.

All ICMA member organisations are invited to send representatives to the AGM and Consultative Forum. Further information will be made available on this website in the coming weeks.