“Each time we prepare an issue of the SCI News we are tempted to go for the big story. Certainly there are enough of those at SCI. But, in our quieter moments, we realize that life at SCI, like everyone’s life, is more a pattern of little stories than a few big ones. The day… [Read More]
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SEAMAN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE OF PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTH JERSEY ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR July 14, 2016 The Seaman’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey (SCI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Helene Pierson as its new Executive Director. Ms. Pierson brings almost 15 years of non-profit management experience to our organization and has expertise… [Read More]
When we get wind of a seafarer in the port with a medical crisis, we pray and hope for the best, but often prepare ourselves for the worst. Recently, we got a phone call that a seafarer was in a hospital over in Camden due to heart problems. We weren’t sure who he was, what… [Read More]
By: Mark Staples, Volunteer Ship Visitor For shipboard guests William J. Nolan and Catherine Nold, Friday, March 11, 2016 was hardly a typical day. Catherine is Director, Communications and Marketing, for American Baptist International Ministries, headquartered in Valley Forge, PA. (She has visited myriad countries overseas.) Bill is the recently retired executive director for KenCrest, a… [Read More]
Ian Urbina of the New York Times covers illegal manning agents in the Philippines: a look into about another aspect of the dangers of the maritime industry. Read the article here: http://nyti.ms/1MJe3ir
Ship visiting is something that gets easier as you get into a routine of it: you stop forgetting your TWIC card at the office, you have more confidence driving in a terminal you’ve been at every day this week, you are constantly in the mindset it takes to do your best when you get on… [Read More]
Check out the great article from ISWAN here: http://www.seafarerswelfare.org/news-and-media/latest-news/article-discusses-the-social-isolation-of-seafarers
A four part installment, ‘The Outlaw Ocean‘ is an amazing insight into the world beyond our shores. Take some time to read these fascinating stories and learn more about what goes on at sea.
Original story published on July 14th, update below original text: The MV Venta is a bulk carrier ship that first came into Port here in Philadelphia on June 30th. Three days later, we got word that the ship was being arrested due to owners’ non-payment of bills. Money is owed to various vendors, the ship… [Read More]
Last Wednesday we had a variety of ship visitors out on the port, and two came back with unique stories of how they were able to serve seafarers. Read about our abnormal tasks for the day! I was slotted to visit two ships this morning, both docked at the Packer Avenue Marine terminal. After having… [Read More]