August, 2009


Hello from Col Brown- National
Liaison & Support Officer

Greetings from the Mission to
Seafarers Australia...
The Seafarers’ Bill of Rights               1. New Secretary General
covers issues such as- minimum                  visit...
2. National conference                4. Sea Sunday celebrated
Registrations have been strong for           around the nat...
port. The port owners Rio Tinto           7. Bunbury’s ship visiting
have promised to support                     course f...
face lift. The ‘bad news’ is that      Ian also mentions that plans are
Peter and Carol Morgan the             afoot for t...
join in the course, was something       and refurbishing job to their
to behold. Col, Garry and a frozen      seafaring ce...
[known as the Seafarers’ Bill of          16. The next meeting of the
Rights] which hopefully will soon             Austra...
the locum chaplain until the end of      19. Port Kembla’s ship
the year. We will get a chance to           blessing
welco...
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Glad Tidings Newsletter 5 - Mission to Seafarers

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Glad Tidings Newsletter 5 - Mission to Seafarers

  1. 1. August, 2009 Hello from Col Brown- National Liaison & Support Officer Greetings from the Mission to Seafarers Australian Council. This is the second newsletter for the year. Much has happened since the last “Glad Tidings” was circulated- we have a new Secretary General in London, the retirement of some chaplains and the commissioning of new ones The United Nation has announced around Australia, and a number of that next year’s theme for World exciting renovations and “face Maritime Day will be “2010: Year lifts” to our mission centres, as of the Seafarer”. This proclamation well as the recruitment of some is most timely given that it is terrific volunteers. expected that the United Nation’s Maritime Labour Convention We continue to watch closely the (known as the Seafarers’ Bill of plight of the world’s economy as it Rights) could come into force next struggles to recover, and its year. obvious impact on the maritime industry. With particular concern, The new Convention is a we monitor how well our beloved consolidation and update of more seafarers are coping in the present than 68 earlier ILO Conventions climate of considerable uncertainty and Recommendations. The as they continue to work the Seafarers’ Bill of Rights is rightly world’s oceans at great peril, to hailed as a landmark development make a living for themselves and for the world’s most globalised loved ones. sector which moves over 90% of world trade. 1
  2. 2. The Seafarers’ Bill of Rights 1. New Secretary General covers issues such as- minimum visiting Australia requirements for seafarers working Central office’s Revd Tom Heffer, on ships, conditions of recently appointed Secretary employment at sea, onboard General to the Mission to Seafarers accommodation and recreational is visiting Australia in September, facilities, food and catering, health to attend our national conference protection, medical care, welfare in Rockingham. This will be a and social security protection plus wonderful opportunity for our new compliance and enforcement of chaplains and managers to meet seafarers’ rights. and spend some quality time with Tom. It is critical that all our MTS personnel get an opportunity to He is a strong supporter of our familiarise themselves with this ministry in Australia and has a historic Convention. To this end, very good understanding of how we are planning a visit from the we operate down under. Our UK by the Revd Canon Ken Peters ‘older’ MTS personnel met Tom at head of the MTS central office our last national conference in Justice and Welfare desk. Ken will Katoomba in 2007. Following that be offering workshops in both the conference, Tom visited a number east and west to help prepare us for of our centres in NSW, Victoria the new era in seafarer’s rights. and Queensland to meet MTS We are hoping that Ken will be volunteers and supporters. with us for the first two weeks in March next year. More detail will be revealed at the Rockingham conference that is almost upon us. The following news is only a snapshot of events but at least it will bring people up to speed on During this visit Tom will meet the some recent happenings prior to people at our Fremantle and our gathering at Rockingham. Bunbury centres in the west. Tom will then fly to New Zealand for an MTS Oceania conference in Tauranga before returning to London. Safe travel Tom as we look forward very much to your visit. 2
  3. 3. 2. National conference 4. Sea Sunday celebrated Registrations have been strong for around the nation conference places. We are Many of our centres have approaching a ‘full house’ celebrated well attended Sea situation. Interestingly, around Sunday services in the last month. 50% of those coming to Garry Dodd- the 24th chaplain to Rockingham were not with MTS the Port of Newcastle has kindly when we held the 2007 Katoomba provided this photo taken at the conference. So it will be exciting Annual Sea Sunday service in to see so many new faces with Newcastle Cathedral, in July. Mr many more new stories to share in Garry Webb CEO of Newcastle September. Port Corporation participated in the service, as did many The actual conference programme volunteers, friends and supporters will be sent out shortly. If anyone of the Newcastle mission. has any questions or concerns in the meantime please ring Col [02 42377791] or Graham [07 47722774]. 5. Cape Lambert’s new ministry Richard Goscombe formerly of the Sydney parish of Cranebrook in 3. Belfast Forum Sydney’s western suburbs has Bishop Garry, Graham Miller, Ian recently commenced a ministry in Porter and Col Brown attended the the Pilbara, based at Wickham. international MTS conference on Richard’s arrival is wonderful behalf of the Australian Council in news for the many seafarers Belfast last May. A report on the visiting the busy iron ore port of conference experience will be Cape Lambert not far from the given at the Rockingham town of Wickham. Richard will be conference. able to spend part of his ministry visiting seafarers at this remote 3
  4. 4. port. The port owners Rio Tinto 7. Bunbury’s ship visiting have promised to support course full steam ahead Richard’s work there. On the weekend before the We wish Richard and Tracy and Rockingham conference their three children- Rachel, Sarah Melbourne’s Ken Cahill will be and Joshua all the very best in this running a ship visiting course in new and exciting challenge. Be Bunbury for the volunteers from kind to dad! there and Albany. Considerable interest has been shown already- so we expect a good number to participate. 8. Darwin progress Our efforts to establish a ministry at East Arm terminal in Darwin are proceeding slowly but surely. Although we have hit a few 6. Bunbury’s celebrations obstacles Jeremy Greaves, Dean of Darwin Cathedral has kindly Tim Hopwood has invited all offered to join the Darwin Port conference participants to visit his Welfare committee which should Bunbury centre on Saturday 12 help prepare the way for us there. September- the day after the conference concludes. Tim and his volunteers have worked very hard to complete the extensions to their centre and all are invited to attend the blessing/dedication of the work. Tom Heffer will also be traveling to Bunbury on that Saturday to participate in Bunbury’s 9. Port Hedland’s face lift celebrations . Out of Port Hedland comes good Ring Tim for details on 08 9721 and bad news. The ‘good news’ is 2370 if you are interested in that the centre has been repainted joining them. and received a most impressive 4
  5. 5. face lift. The ‘bad news’ is that Ian also mentions that plans are Peter and Carol Morgan the afoot for the construction of centre’s managers, are leaving another iron ore port between Hedland for Victoria in the coming Dampier and Cape Lambert. The months. Carol and Peter’s world wants our iron ore. contribution at Hedland has been enormous and they will be sorely missed. Let’s hope that we can 11. Hobart ship visiting entice them to another seafaring training course centre further down the track. Carol and Peter you cannot hide all Hobart MTS hosted a very that talent and light under a successful ship visiting training Victorian bushel for too long. course for volunteers from our Hobart and Bell Bay centres. Arthur Hinsley in great style took everyone through their paces- and all passed the course with flying colours. The locals were thrilled that Fr Hillary and Fr Garry Dodd participated in the course. Garry is our port chaplain in Newcastle and Hilary is MTS’ seafaring chaplain in the Solomon Islands. 10. Dampier’s news Ian McGilvray’ monthly reports are always full of interesting news but have mentioned a number of very nasty accidents involving seafarers that Ian has had to attend to in the last few months. Such reports always remind us of the extreme dangers our seafaring brothers and sisters face on an 12. Fr Hillary visiting almost daily basis to try and make Gladstone a living to support themselves and loved ones. Hillary’s bravery in traveling from the hot and steamy Solomon Islands direct to freezing Hobart to 5
  6. 6. join in the course, was something and refurbishing job to their to behold. Col, Garry and a frozen seafaring centre, which is perfectly Hillary [wearing at least three located in the port precincts, woollen beanies, two heavy duty overlooking the wharf/berthing socks on each foot and Antarctic facilities. We are thrilled that designed thermal underwear] also Garry Jones will be joining us at visited Garry Jones’ centre at Bell Rockingham as it has been a long Bay. Once Hillary defrosted time since anyone from Bell Bay [taking around 48 hours] he was has attended a national conference. able to move and speak a little, Bell Bay is now Tasmania’s telling us how much he “enjoyed” busiest port for overseas ship the Tassie experience- before visits. catching a fast plane direct to sunny Gladstone in Queensland. He will spend a few months at our Gladstone centre helping Trevor Phillips and the volunteers with some ship visiting work before returning home later this year. We wish Hilary all the very best for his stay in Gladstone. The Gladstone MTS centre will be much richer for Hilary’s presence, gifts and 14. Ken Peters to visit us in happy smile around the place. March 2010 As mentioned in the introduction, we are thrilled that the Revd Canon Ken Peters head of the MTS Justice and Welfare desk in central office London will be presenting workshops in Australia in the first two weeks of March 2009. We are still working out with Ken 13. Bell Bay’s facelift the detail and logistics of the visit but the theme of the workshops The Bell Bay volunteers have done will concentrate on the new a marvelous painting, renovating Maritime Labour Convention 6
  7. 7. [known as the Seafarers’ Bill of 16. The next meeting of the Rights] which hopefully will soon Australian Council gain ratification and come into force in 2010. The Convention The next meeting of the Australian requires adoption by at least 30 Council will take place at the countries representing 33% of Rockingham conference following world tonnage. Australia has not the election of the new councilors yet ratified the Convention which during the conference. The first we hope and pray is not too far meeting for 2010 is planned for away. early March on the East coast which should coincide with Ken Peter’s visit and give the new council members and Liaison Bishops a chance to spend time with Ken. 15. International Year of the Seafarer- 2010 17. Philip and Kath are leaving Geraldton Ken’s visit is well timed as the International Maritime After spending one year at Organization [a specialized agency Geraldton helping get the centre of the UN] has recently proclaimed back on its feet and open for 2010 as “International Year of the business, Philip and Kathy Knife Seafarer”. The IMO Council said are returning to Perth soon. Thank “it would give the international you very much to the two of you maritime community the for the dedication and terrific opportunity to pay tribute to the contribution you have made in world’s 1.5 million seafarers for resurrecting the ministry at their unique contribution to society Geraldton port. Arrangements and the world’s economy.” No have been made for the Rev Laurie doubt our conference gathering Skilton to come from Perth to be will give us an opportunity to decide on how we will respond to the 2010 seafaring theme. Ken’s visit is a good start- and more should be known about Ken’s plans by then that can be shared and discussed at the conference. 7
  8. 8. the locum chaplain until the end of 19. Port Kembla’s ship the year. We will get a chance to blessing welcome Laurie at the national conference. A very moving ship blessing ceremony was carried out recently 18. Brisbane’s new chaplain onboard the brand new car carrying Silverstone Express, in A very warm welcome to the Revd Port Kembla harbour. Following Daniel Vun who has just been an accident to a crew member in commissioned as chaplain to the Melbourne on its first working Mission to Seafarers Brisbane. voyage, the captain and crew were Dan and wife Helen (also a very keen for the blessing to take chaplain) last month, moved from place on the ship’s arrival at Port New Zealand to Brisbane, and Kembla. MTS’ Dave Masters have settled in to the new organized for Fr Bernie Doudle to surroundings smoothly. We look lead the onboard liturgy which was forward to meeting Dan in attended by the captain, the crew, Rockingham and extending our Dave, Col Brown and volunteers congratulations and best wishes for from our Port Kembla centre. the big job ahead. Following a blessing of the ship As you may know, the Queensland itself, then the bridge, galley, government has controversially engine room and each crew announced that the Port of member everyone was in great Queensland is to be put on the spirits- and it was a happy and market for sale. A figure of around contented crew that set sail later 3.5 billion dollars has been mooted that day for the northern as its commercial worth. Daniel hemisphere. and Col have an appointment to meet with Brisbane Port’s CEO Jeff Coleman next week- not to discuss purchase of the port but to explore ways in which the Port can better support our ministry there! 8

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