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Piracy: helping the people who suffer

The International Christian Maritime Association has, on behalf of all its members, signed the Memorandum of Understanding of the “Maritime Piracy: Humanitarian Response Program.”  In doing so ICMA has added its voice to the maritime community in vowing to stand by seafarers and their families when affected by piracy. ICMA had long since resolved that […]

ICSW moves to Croydon, England

The Secretariat of the International Committee on Seafarers Welfare (ICSW) has moved its offices from Watford to Croydon. The move follows a decision by the ICSW Presidium (management board) to share office space with the International Seafarers Assistant Network (ISAN, the charity that runs the SeafarersHelp 24-hour helpline).  The move is intended to save on […]

Sea Sunday prayers for seafarers affected by piracy: we are committed

Many churches supporting members of ICMA highlighted seafarers in their worship on Sea Sunday, 10th July 2011. While the Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, Reverend Tom Heffer, preached the Sunday  Evening sermon at Westminster Abbey in London, Pope Benedict XVI prayed especially for seafarers in his Sunday address from The Vatican. Several ecumenical […]

Best wishes to Lloyd and Karin

Lloyd Burghart has retired from NAMMA. While Chaplain Lloyd Burghart continues to be the Regional Coordinator of ICMA for our North America Region up to the Hamburg Annual General Meeting in August 2011, NAMMA’s new Executive Secretary, Reverend Loring Carpenter, takes over from Lloyd as the representative of NAMMA on ICMA’s Executive Committee. ICMA is […]

Imagine a world with no ships or seafarers…

That’s what  this thought provoking video clip asks us to do: what would happen if ships suddenly disappear? The video is released by the UK’s Seafarers Awareness Week campaign. An annual event, the third Seafarers Awareness Week to be held in the island state of the United Kingdom, is an initiative of several UK-based maritime […]

Apostleship of the Sea calls for aid to Japan tsunami survivors

On 17th March 2011, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, which is responsible for the overall direction of the Apostleship of the Sea, made this statement from the Vatican. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We have seen the dramatic images of buildings shaking and collapsing for the most […]

New seafarers’ centre in Kakinada

The PORT WELFARE COMMITTEE OF ANDHRA PRADESH, India, announced the inauguration of the new seafarers’ centre in the port of Kakinada, India. The press release states: The International Seafarers Center at Port of Kakinada India was inaugurated on the 5th of March 2011. The center was built due to the generosity of the ITF Seafarers […]

Theo Bor

ICMA Executive Committee member and until recently the representative of the Nederlandse Zeemancentrale, Theo Bor, has died.  Theo had cancer. The one enduring memory of Theo is his unstinting faith.  He continues to inspire us.  ICMA mourns Theo’s passing, and we express our sincere condolences with his wife, Martha, and their children. Theo’s funeral service […]

The Internationaal Zeemanshuis in Antwerp faces closure

The Zeemanshuis Falconplein in Antwerp nears the end of its lifetime The website www.schuttevaer.nl announced on 23 January 2011 that the International Seamen’s Hotel in Antwerp is to be demolished.  Finally, after hanging in the balance for five years, the fate of the Seamen’s Hotel is sealed.  The Council of State have rejected the ‘Red […]

Ecumenical Maritime Ministry of India (EMMI) meets in Chennai

ICMA’s partner in India, the Ecumenical Maritime Ministry of India (EMMI) will be meeting on January 28th and 29th in Chennai.  The meeting will focus on “Leadership and Team Building”.  The meet is to be held at St. Thomas International Center , Hill Top, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai 600016.  This venue, the historic St. Thomas Mount, is linked to St. Thomas, the […]

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