When you think of the phrase ‘vulnerable population’ do seafarers come to mind? We had a ship come into port recently on which the crew had not been paid for 3 months. Because of communication difficulties and the complexity of systems in the maritime shipping industry, seafarers are vulnerable to a number of abuses. In this… [Read More]
Dear Friends of SCI: This year we have challenged ourselves to make our Fall Event affordable for all in the port. This is in line with our role in the port of providing an accessible place where the people in all parts of the maritime industry might gather to network and socialize. We realized that… [Read More]
Save the Date: Thursday, October 15th from 5:30-7:00 Come experience music through the decades! Lazaretto Ballroom More details out soon!
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]
Recently I had my first visit to a ship of mixed cultures and religions. Green Ray was the name of the ship and it docked at a pier just north of our center in Philadelphia. I have been ship visiting for many years, but have mostly come across Christian seafarers. This was a unique visit… [Read More]
“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” This quote has been on my mind a lot lately as I think about SCI’s mission and how we strive to carry out that mission on a day to day basis. Chatting with a seafarer over a cup… [Read More]
Speakers: The Rev. Masud Ibn Syedullah, TSSF and Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat, Ph.D. Our Goal… This workshop will examine the more moderate expressions of Islam and Christianity to inform mutual understanding of cultural and religious support in the contemporary diverse workplace. Of particular note are the 32,000 seafarers who come to our port each year, making possible… [Read More]
There are times when ship visiting can feel routine and mundane. But there are also days, like today, when you walk down the gangway with a full heart and a smile because of an experience you had on board. This morning I visited the Spiegelgracht, a ship carrying paper that was coming from Belguim. I… [Read More]