Rare Holiday Experience for Ken Hou Crew
The Portland Mission recently offered seafarers the rare opportunity of a real holiday, compared with the few hours usually available with today’s fast ship turnarounds.
The timber carrier Ken Hou had loaded her cargo of export softwood logs for China and had to be fumigated before sailing, which meant that the crew had to be taken from the vessel for a specified time.
The ship’s agents contacted the Mission to help transport crew from the ship and due to poor weather the fumes did not disperse that day opening the opportunity for hospitality Portland style.
Accommodation was arranged and the next day the Captain graciously agreed to take up the offer of a crew outing and luncheon at a local café for the 17 Filipino crew. After lunch they enjoyed a visit to the local fauna park, seeing a kangaroos and emus for the first time, a thrill for them and delight for Mission volunteers to share. Later, they were taken on a tour of Portland sights including the plant where wind towers are manufactured.
The following day, the crew travelled to Port Fairy to join one of Australia’s premier folk festivals with many international artists as well as locals appearing at different venues, and loads of free entertainment, stalls, shopping, giftware, buskers.
Arriving just on lunch time, the crew chose good old Aussie hamburger and for the afternoon soaked up the festival atmosphere. It was another great day shared before heading back to the vessel and back to work. Just before the ship sailed out of Portland, bound for Inchon Korea. Her master sent a message to the Mission:
“We wish to thank you and the Mission to Seafarers for your sincere mission and kindest generosity for the seafarers. We are happy and had quelled our thirst for home! Thank you very much and God Bless Us All!”
M/V KEN HOU,