The Mission to Seafarers is calling for nominees who made significant contributions to improve seafarers’ wellbeing.
2020 was one perilous year for seafarers – notably the crew change crisis stemming from COVID-19 induced travel bans. Seafarers were put through extreme isolation which affected mental health, plus limited food and medical supplies. The Mission is recognising those who have gone above and beyond to extend assistance to distressed seafarers.
Classes of seafarer awards
The awards honour the commitment and contributions to seafarers’ welfare from seafarers, shore staff and worldwide shipping companies. Singapore Seafarers’ Awards 2021 will be held on 5 November 2021, postponed from its original date of 21 May 2021. All proceeds from the event will go to The Mission to Seafarers Singapore.
Categories of the Singapore Seafarers’ Awards:
- Seafarer’s Award– The seafarer who has made a significant contribution to welfare at sea
- Shore-based Award– The shore-based person who has made a significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare
- Innovation Award– For the company that embraced a new programme, project or training which enhanced seafarers’ welfare
- Cadet Award– Tor the cadet or trainee who has made a significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare at sea or ashore
- Secretary General Award– The person or company who has shown sustained efforts to improve seafarers’ welfare at sea or ashore
Andrew Wright, secretary general of The Mission to Seafarers, said: “This special evening is a highly anticipated event in Singapore where leading organisations and individuals gather to recognise the significant role seafarers play in our everyday lives. Over the past year, there are individuals and organisations that have gone the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of those at sea at a time when it is most needed. In the face of extraordinary obstacles, we have seen those who have facilitated crew changes, those onboard making a difference to their fellow crew members’ daily lives with new procedures and those developing technology to help those at sea. These awards recognise those who made a difference through their hard work and dedication.
“If you know a colleague, crewmate, seafarer, or a member of shore staff who cares and contributes to the wellbeing of our seafarers, we want to hear from you. This is an opportunity to acknowledge those who have made a real difference when it really matters.”
Rashpal Bhatti, vice president of BHP Maritime & Supply Chain Excellence, commented: “BHP is looking forward to the awards this November. This event will celebrate the heroic efforts of seafarers to keep the global economy progressing whilst putting at risk their health and well-being.”
Nick Potter, head of shipping and maritime for Shell in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, remarked: “The Mission to Seafarers play a critical role in supporting seafarers. Shell is proud to work with the charity, not just in Singapore but globally, and we look forward to sponsor the seafarer awards later this year.”
Nominations are now open, and submission will close on 3rd September 2021.
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