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Press Release: ICMA

22nd August 2016

London, United Kingdom – The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) would like to inform its members and partners that the Revd Richard Kilgour will be leaving ICMA effective 19 August 2016.

The Rev’d Kilgour’s achievements since January 2015 included effective support of several international seminars and meetings and successful work on key grants for current programs. Throughout his tenure Revd Kilgour showed genuine concern for the cause of seafarers’ welfare and spoke often of the continued relevance of ecumenical relationships to serve this cause.

ICMA thanks Revd Kilgour for his work and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.

If you have questions about current programs of ICMA, please contact the ICMA Chairman, Fr. Bruno Ciceri at: chairman@icma.as

About ICMA: The International Christian Maritime Association (a UK-registered charity) exists to encourage and assist Christian non-profit organizations around the world, engaged in welfare work for seafarers, fishers, and their families. www.icma.as.

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ICMA Annual Report 2015 YEAR OF PARTNERSHIPS

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.

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‘Luisteren naar zeevarenden zelf’ – Priority for Listening to Seafarers First at Cardiff Research Centre

Verslag bezoek SIRC Conferentie, Cardiff, 29-30 juni 2016. Luisteren naar zeevarenden zelf –

SIRC Symposium Cardiff, June 29-30   ‘Listening to the Seafarers Themselves’  (Rev Stefan Francke) see below for full ENGLISH report.

SIRC Symposium (Large)

Op 29-30 juni werd in Cardiff de 21ste verjaardag van het Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) gevierd met een symposium. Namens de ICMA mocht ik daarbij aanwezig zijn – samen met meer dan 80 afgevaardigden uit de maritieme industrie, gerelateerde organisaties en de wetenschappelijke wereld.

Het was allereerst goed om in de onderlinge ontmoetingen te ervaren dat de ICMA positieve associaties oproept. Het maritieme welzijnswerk heeft nog altijd een goede naam.

Op het symposium werden verschillende papers gepresenteerd met de resultaten van recent onderzoek. Als het gaat om factoren die het gebruik van “mandatory equipment” beïnvloeden – design, motivatie en training – blijken de ervaringen van zeevarenden zelf van groot belang. SIRC’s methode van etnografisch onderzoek, startend bij de leefwereld van de zeevarenden en vervolgens verbredend door middel van vragenlijsten, is zeer productief. Zoals ook een Oekraïense HWTK aangaf bij de opening van de conferentie: SIRC zorgt voor aanbevelingen die voortkomen uit de praktijk. Natuurlijk is de werkelijkheid ook dan vaak weerbarstiger en complexer dan je zou hopen – zo bleek uit de discussies die op de presentaties volgden.

De “menselijke factor” kwam ook naar voren bij andere onderwerpen op het symposium: ervaringen met verstekelingen, frustraties met havenpersoneel en de (soms) spanningsvolle relatie tussen schip en kantoor. Nuttig voor maritieme pastores om kennis van te nemen, omdat deze zaken in de gesprekken aan boord ongetwijfeld aan de orde zullen komen. Het is goed om oplettend te zijn op de aanwezigheid van menselijke drama’s, druk van buiten, corruptie, etc. etc.

SIRC en ICMA delen eenzelfde focus: de leefwereld aan boord. Beide bevinden we ons in goed international gezelschap. We hebben gemeenschappelijke belangen qua onderzoek. Het is belangrijk om deze verbondenheid te koesteren.

July 2016, Stefan Francke     (De powerpoints van de presentaties zijn te vinden op: http://www.sirc.cf.ac.uk/SS2016.aspx)

On June 29-30, the Seafarer’s International Research Centre (SIRC) celebrated its 21st. anniversary with a symposium in Cardiff (Wales). Rev. Stefan Francke of ICMA member: ‘Stichting Pastoraat Werkers Overzee, Netherlands’ Foundation Providing Pastoral Care for Workers in Dredging and Marine Construction attended on ICMA’s behalf. There were more than 80 representatives from maritime industry, related organizations and academic departments. Research methods and outcomes of research with seafarers were under discussion over two days. Alongside this Rev Francke reported that the symposium provided for many conversations between the sessions, especially in seeking positive connections for ICMA in the academic environment. Maritime welfare work maintains an important reputation in this context.

During the symposium, different papers were presented, showing the results of SIRC’s recent research. The primary focus of research are the experiences of seafarers themselves. Covering a range of topics and contexts including; use of mandatory equipment: design, motivation (“buy in”) and training. SIRC’s ethnographic method has been particularly productive, starting in the seafarer’s everyday environment and subsequently widening the scope with questionnaires. A Ukrainian Chief Engineer stated at the opening of the conference: SIRC provides “real life” recommendations. Relating complexity of the research to real life situations is a constant theme for engagement on these topics.

The “human factor” was evident across the programme of the symposium: including experiences with stowaways, frustrations with port personnel and the (sometimes) tense relationship between ship and office. Rev. Francke emphasized that for chaplains, these topics are most relevant, because they will come up in conversations on ships. Realising an awareness of human dramas, outside pressures, corruption, etc. is most important to engaging the seafarer.

SIRC and ICMA share the same focus: everyday life on board. A research organization like SIRC and ICMA are both are in good international company. We have common interests regarding research. We have to cherish this interconnection.
July 2016, Stefan Francke       The symposium powerpoint presentations can be found at: http://www.sirc.cf.ac.uk/SS2016.aspx

Richard Kilgour. General Secretary ICMA

IMO Day of the Seafarer 2016 – ISWAN Welfare Awards

25th of June is the official United Nations day of observance when we join with the International Maritime Organisation IMO in placing the ‘seafarers’ of the world upmost in our thoughts as the theme of the day this year highlights is ‘At Sea for All’. In his annual message for Day of the Seafarer, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: “this year, on the Day of the Seafarer, we are once again asking people everywhere to show their appreciation for the seafarers that quietly, mostly unnoticed, keep the wheels of the world in motion”.

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Follow what the Secretary General says on this Youtube delivery for the ocassion.  Also at this time seafarer welfare services and especially those who work in centres and in visiting ships around the world are being honored in Manila in the Philippines as ISWAN stage their annual welfare awards with the Secretary General of IMO. Shortlist details have been provided by ISWAN who organise the annual event. Amongst those named are representatives of the broad membership of ICMA societies:

For Seafarers’ Centre of the Year (sponsored by Wrist Ship Supply): Stella Maris, Barcelona, Spain; MTS Busan, South Korea; Stella Maris, Mackay-Hay Point, Australia; Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, USA; MTS Townsville, Australia; MTS, Victoria- Australia

For The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year*; Organisation (sponsored by The International Chamber of Shipping):AMOSUP; Humans At Sea; Hunterlink

For The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year; Individual (sponsored by The International Chamber of Shipping):Pst Joseph Chacko (India); Howard Drysdale (UK); Rev Stephen Miller (East Asia); Maike Puchert (Germany); Fr Edward Pracz (Poland); Roger Stone (UK)

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MLC 2006 Advanced Training June 2016

Professional Development update: The German Seaman’s Mission will hold Advanced MLC Training at Bremerhaven 13th-17th June 2016 .

Imrpoving knowledge of the Martime Labour Convention is goal of the special Training Event.This training will use case studies and examples from the practice of  port based welfare providers for learning about the the MLC 2006.

In other news ISWAN is publicising how MLC 2006 is being considered for review with the ITF:

At this time ICMA learn of the announcement that the International Transport Workers Fedaration (ITF) are to work with Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) to review the effectiveness of the MLC 2006.  A recent PRESS RELEASE from Seafarers Rights’ International stated: “As the third anniversary of the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) approaches, Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) is embarking on a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of the Convention. The study has been commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation. It will be an in-depth and independent study into both the implementation and the enforcement of the Convention.”

Richard Kilgour. General Secretary ICMA

2016 ‘Chapplaincy’ technology to deliver care for seafarers

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The New Year puts  new technology into the hands of chaplains and ship visitors amongst ICMA member organisations world wide. January saw several users across the world begin to trial the new facility.

Representatives of Sailors’ Society, Mission to Seafarers met with ICMA General Secretary Richard Kilgour in London to endorse the new arrangement.

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Rev Canon Ken Peters, Rev Richard Kilgour and Sandra Welch endorse the licence agreement bringing ICMA membership and the Sailors’ Society into new collaborative work

 

 

 

The ‘Ship Visitor’ app will enable 28 chaplaincy organisations to deliver more effective care and support to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers. Sailors’ Society has licensed a version of its Chapplaincy smartphone technology to ICMA, enabling all 28 members to share the digital platform transforming port to port welfare.

The ‘Ship Visitor’ app will enable maritime chaplaincy organisations across the world to deliver improved services to seafarers and to better measure the impact of their work. Revd. Richard Kilgour, General Secretary of ICMA, said: “ICMA is mindful of the immense importance of this development, which strengthens our international collaborative relationships as seafarer societies. Brought about by Sailors’ Society, this initiative will empower those in front line ministry to bring immense benefit for the well-being of seafarers and is warmly welcomed by our 28 member organisations operating seafarer ministry in ports worldwide.”

Developed with the support of MarineTraffic, the ‘Ship Visitor’ app enables real-time activity reporting and maintains a history of ship visits and support provided to seafarers. Data can then be accessed by chaplains in other ports and, subject to confidentiality and data protection policies, can be used to provide ongoing care and assistance as ship and crew continue their voyage.

Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society director of programme, said: “We’re really pleased to share this unique platform with our fellow welfare organisations and look forward to seeing the positive impact this collaboration will have on the seafarers we all care for. Our chaplains and ship visitors are better able to quickly respond to a seafarer’s need and, with better communication and data, we hope to faster identify welfare issues.”

The ’Ship Visitor’ app is enabled by access to global ship tracking data from MarineTraffic, which helps chaplains see which vessels are in port and those due to arrive. The result is more effective use of time and improved coordination with other welfare organisations.

Demitris Memos, managing director at MarineTraffic: “We are very happy that the app has proved its usefulness in such a short space of time and that the technology is being licensed to ICMA. We will continue to develop our systems and expand our global Automatic Identification System (AIS) network to provide top quality data to the app and look forward to hearing more about the benefits it brings to seafarers.”

In addition to producing the ‘Ship Visitor’ app, Sailors’ Society is currently developing a version for seafarers, planned for release in Spring 2016, which will enable seafarers to make contact in advance of arrival at port in order to access welfare services.

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JUST ONE THING…CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – Christmas gifts stacking up at Seafarers House – Port Everglades – FLORIDA in  September 2015

Consider the impact of such a small thing as a neatly wrapped and lovingly presented gift for a seafarer at Christmas. ICMA recognises it’s membership as the network of those who ‘give’ in this way.
The work of seafarer ministry continues throughout the year. Like many of the seafarers who work on ships away from home and family, along with the fishers who go out in all weathers and all seasons to provide what we want and need; the chaplains and ship visitors in ports throughout the world meet the seafarer where they arrive in ports.  At Christmas that opportunity to meet more often includes a small gift; a simple single thing, a simple single wrapped present for each seafarer on board.

ICMA celebrates the immense scale and value of the ministry represented in our collaborative work rooted in the core founding principles of our work going back to the foundation of ICMA in 1969 for actively pursuing together:
1. Common concerns
2. A collective voice, and
3. Collaborative working

These 3 c’s of ICMA – the common concerns, collective voice, and collaboration are the hallmarks of our work and shape our agenda as ICMA to the present day, and determine our agenda for the future.

In 2015 we have operated those principles as an association:

  1. Establishing the new General Secretary
  2. Developing better communications for the Executive Committee to meet with online video conferencing
  3. Amending and improving the ICMA Constitution, appointing a new accountant for the charity
  4. Continuing our delegations to the IMO and ILO
  5. Joining with the ITF Seafarers Trust to develop the Vehicle Replacement Survey 2015
  6. Working on our ICMA regional contacts and structures with meetings of the UK and Ireland and Brazil Regions of ICMA with new regional coordinators
  7. Publication of the work by Fr Bruno Ciceri and others on the plight of fishers and matters of justice for the fishing communities in ‘Fishers and Plunderers’
  8. Participating the world wide pilot Programme for Port Welfare Committees following MLC 2006
  9. Joining the NAMMA Conference with the ICMA AGM at Montreal
  10. Establishing a new curriculum and syllabus to deliver professional Development for Seafarer ministry with ‘online’ and ‘in-class’ delivery.
  11. Being joined online and at Gdynia Poland by students from North Africa, The Arabian Gulf, Rotterdam and West Africa.
  12. Working towards the improvement of the ‘continuity of care’ for seafarers through the development and piloting of the ICMA ‘Chaplaincy’ APP
  13. Looking forwards in 2016 to an innovative course to involve chaplains and ship visitors in an ‘immersion course’ on Filipino culture at Manila, Philippines in September 2016

TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS AND MEMBERS BEST WISHES

ICMA Partners for World Wide Vehicle SURVEY 2015

EMAILSurvey starts today from ICMA and NAMMA with email call for help to centers worldwide. The ITF Seafarers’ Trust – which often pays for vehicles for seafarers’ welfare bodies and missions – has announced it will be surveying vehicle use and effectiveness so as to use its grants as effectively as possible. The Trust will be partnering in the program between now and mid-September with ICMA, and through the contact network of The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA).

The Rev. Richard Kilgour, General Secretary of ICMA, said that ‘we support the gathering of information in this way for planning years ahead to target funds to best effect for vehicle replacement. That ICMA has been asked to help with data gathering is another example of how we are partners in this work.” The Seafarers Trust has provided over GPB 2.5 Mil for this purpose over the last 34 years. This survey program will provide up to date information that will help make grant-giving in the future more fair and equitable to the service providers.

Dr. Jason Zuidema, Executive Director of NAMMA, called attention to this project’s importance: “Those seeking excellence in seafarers’ welfare know that partnerships are important. Collaborating on this project is not just practical, but it again celebrates the beautiful connection that members in local ports have with the Seafarers’ Trust.”

Richard Kilgour. General Secretary ICMA

Memorial Service for loss of life at sea including those of the tragedy of the MV Cemfjiord

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-30830381

Sunday 18th January Rev Richard Kilgour, the General Secretary of ICMA plans to attend the memorial service to be held at the Episcopal Church of St John the Evangelist, Wick, Scotland. The service will include prayers in memory of those lost at sea. The Rev Tim Tunley Mission to Seafarers Scotland will also preach the sermon. Mr Kilgour who is presently based in Glasgow has emphasised that ‘standing in solidarity in this way is the least we can do at such a time as this with those who suffer the raw emotions of such loss’. ICMA members like the Mission to Seafarers and their fellow-workers in the world wide networks of seafarers’ welfare have responded once again to meet the needs of people affected by tragedy.