Ship to Shore Fall 2021

Mission mandate: ‘To promote and provide for the spiritual, physical and mental needs of all seafarers and their families’(Vancouver 2016)

Welcome to the Fall 2021 of ‘Ship to Shore’ in which we try to keep you informed of the work of the Mission and provide insight into the working lives of the seafarers. Restrictions on the many freedoms we in Canada enjoy such as seeing family, going out for a meal, to the game, have been impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic.Seafarers freedoms have and remain severely restricted such as living apart from family for 9 months plus, spending 24hrs a day onboard ship with no shore leave, often poor or no Wi-Fi. Seafarers describe it as as like being in a prison.The work of the Mission to Seafarers is to bring some light into what has been a dark time for many seafarers, to help provide means of communication onboard, shopping for essentials, offer prayer, make time to listen and encourage. As we give thanks for the blessings of life including our freedoms please hold in prayer the men and women of the sea that they will feel supported and relief come soon. Senior Port Chaplain Rev’d Peter Smyth

Cycle for Seafarers … a building will stand if it rests on a good foundation and the ‘Cycle to Seafarers’ continues and gets better because of a dedicated committee and esp. Chair Don MacInnes who has a heart for seafarers and a love of cycling. Once again due to Covid we had a summer long cycle encouraging people to get out and and to raise sponsorship. Improving conditions enabled us to have a wrap up cycle at which about 7 people completed the 60km and 25 the 40km. The pictures below show what a perfect day it was with thanks to Saam and Samson Tugs for providing the reststops. A big thank you to all those who cycled and donated money the individual with the most raised being Jane Dittrich and corporate Team PPA (Pacific Pilotage Association).The planning committee is already gearing up for Cycle for Seafarers 2022 with a ‘design a new shirt competition’ in early 2022 with the chosen designers name on the shirt, amongst other things as we aim to improve the event year after year.

Cycling for Seafarers Saturday 28th August Waterfront Seafarers Centre

International Maritime Day September 30th 2021. Theme: Seafarers: At the Core of Shipping’s Future”. As ever, the focus of this is to increase awareness of the invaluable work that seafarers do to keep the worldwide economy afloat. This year, recognition is more deserved than ever before on account of the COVID-19 pandemic which has presented many challenges to seafarers. International travel restrictions, lack of shore leave and crew changes are just some of the difficulties which have afflicted seafarers due to this unprecedented situation. World Maritime Day 2021 will aim to shine a light on these issues which are still afflicting many seafarers across the globe.The Chaplains in the Port of Vancouver on vessel visits will be expressing this to seafarers verbally and in kind.

Christmas at Sea Appeal 2021… bringing love to the deck. Anytime is a good to give but esp. Christmas when we recognize the most vulnerable and needy in our midst much like a baby born in a stable because there was no room in the inn, who had to flee for safety born to a young mother Mary some 2000 years ago. Seafarers at cost to themselves bring us the things we need and so deserve our thanks and this is an opportunity to bring some Christian love to the deck. You can help in many ways such as a $ donation, supplying items for the gift bags, making up some gift bags.(20-21 on a ship).Go to www.flyingangel.ca to find the list of items we are asking for and a pattern for the gift bags. The gift packaging at the Waterfront Seafarers Centre will be on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December. Contact us for more info.

Pacific Guardian goes to sea. It was a privilege to be a part of the blessing of the new Pilot Boat at a ceremony organized by the Pacific Pilotage Authority out of Ocean Marine in Campbell River. The vessel will operate out of Victoria guiding safely the ships and their crew to port or anchor. It also has the capacity to operate on the West coast of Vancouver Island such as in Port Alberni. Prayers of thanksgiving were offered for those who planned and built the vessel and prayers for safe travels for those who will work on it along with lots of water and a bottle to crest the bow.

Blessing of the new Pilot Vessel Pacific Guardian August 2021
Partners in serving the seafarers

On Sunday 26th September 2021 at the 10am service St Michael Multicultural Anglican Church in Vancouver and the Mission to Seafarers Vancouver celebrated and made a recommitment to a partnership to benefit the work of the Mission and the outreach of the parish including the opportunity for people to serve.A cheque was also presented for $1540 towards the 2021 Mission Cycle for Seafarers. Cake and good food including Lechon (pork) was enjoyed afterwards.The Mission is very grateful for the support under the leadership of Padi Wilmer.

Bishop John Stephens and Captain Oscar Pinto

Mariner’s support of seafarers acknowledged. At a recent ceremony in Vancouver at the Anglican Synod Offices Captain Oscar Pinto, accompanied by his wife Isabel, was awarded the Honorary ‘Order of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster’ by Bishop John Stephens. Captain Pinto’s support of the seafarers emulates from his faith with his work as a Captain at sea, his many roles onshore in the maritime industry and 16+ years on the Board of the Mission to Seafarers in Vancouver. Congratulations to Captain Pinto and gratitude for his service.

Prayers; for the continued ministry of Vincent to seafarers coming to Port Moody. That shipping companies will see the value in the seafarers and so provide them with good Wi-Fi and grant shore leave. For seafarers without an income due to delays caused by Covid and the effect on their families.Myanmar seafarers due to the instability in the country unsure when they can get back to work on the ships.For the members and work of the Vancouver Seafarers Welfare Board. The crews on ships effected by the death of a colleague onboard regardless of the circumstances.The safety of crew in times that demand more of them.

Prayer for seafarers - Eternal Lord God, who alone spreads out the heavens and rules the raging of the seas, receive into your protection all those who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business on the great waters of the world. Preserve them both in body and soul, prosper their labours with good success, in all times of danger, be their defence, and bring them to the haven where they would be. Amen

Report to MtS HQ London- submitted monthly September 2021- 1) Number of visits to ships- 180 2) Number of seafarers attending centre- 284. 3) Number of seafarers transported -20. General - Increase in seafarers being vaccinated due to a better coordinated response with the work of Vancouver Seafarers Welfare Committee. (See header picture)Still the majority of seafarers including vaccinated not permitted to go ashore even to our more isolated Roberts Bank centre. Container traffic remains very busy. We are training up several new ship visitors. The Mission is holding its own financially thanks to ongoing donations. Crew changes continue in Vancouver and US West Coast although the lack of in Asia means we are seeing seafarers over contract e.g. 9months +.The Mission board is doing succession planning, looking at how to recognize support given to the Mission by individuals and corporations, developing a discretionary fund and annual leave policy to name a few.

Donations to support the seafarers can be made by; Cheque to Mission to Seafarers. Cash. Credit card- under ‘Donate and Tithely on our secured website www.flyingangel.ca or through the Vancouver Foundation. Always received with our gratitude.

Contact information- 401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver,BC, V6A 4G9, Tel: 604 253 4421. Email: m2svancouver@gmail.com Facebook: @mission2seafarers Twitter: @MtSVancouver