Executive Director Helene Pierson has just completed a video version of the training our staff members get on staying safe – and keeping others safe – during the Covid-19 crisis. We’re sharing it in case it can help others.
Cargo ships continue to arrive in our Delaware River ports, bringing much-needed supplies from all over the world. We are providing our staff and volunteers with the best safety equipment we can acquire, and our new motto is “Safety ** Short Visits ** Social Distancing.” This means we continue to reach out to seafarers… [Read More]
SCI celebrates the release of final regulations from the U.S. Coast Guard requiring port terminal operators to provide access between the gate of their facility and vessels docked there. This is the final step in correcting a situation that initially trapped seafarers on board their ships, and kept organizations like SCI from being able to visit… [Read More]
Josh Simonetti picked up three seafarers from the crude oil tanker UMLMA during the vessel’s brief time at Paulsboro and launched them on a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia highlights. We received these photos along with a thank you from the ship’s Second Officer. Good day, This is Shihas, second mate from ship Umima which was… [Read More]
SCI is featured in the January 2019 issue of South Jersey Magazine. “Moored in Ministry,” by Kate Morgan, gives readers a terrific profile of our history, dating back to the 19th century “Floating Chapel,” and our mission of reaching out to seafarers whose needs range from the personal and medical to the spiritual. Shown here… [Read More]
SCI Chaplain David Reid and veteran ship visitor Annie Thomas conducted the first in a series of training sessions for Ship Visitors in February. Ship Vistors play a crucial role in welcoming seafarers to our ports and assuring we respond to their needs. Like many seafarer service organizations around the world, SCI increasingly relies on volunteers… [Read More]
Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey is proud to have been nominated by seafarers and chosen as one of six finalists for SEAFARERS’ CENTRE OF THE YEAR by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network. Our Executive Director Helene Pierson responded to a series of questions from ISWAN as part of this nomination,… [Read More]