Crew of Hanjin Milano arrive in Melbourne
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Port Chaplain Rev’d Onofre (Inni) Punay reported that the crew of Hanjin Milano had birthed safely in the Port of Melbourne. South Korea’s biggest shipping operator Hanjin Shipping had been declared bankrupt leaving seafarers adrift, and at least 6 ships had also been arrested on arrival in ports around the world. Hanjin Milano was chartered by Hanjin Shipping which made the situation for this crew better than other ships owned by the besieged company. Rev’d Onofre said that the crew had welcomed provisions delivered on arrival in Melbourne, and he said “we will continue to be mindful of the hundreds of seafarers and their families who will be impacted”. MtSV received consistent updates from the MtS London Headquarters who liaise with MtS port operations in over 230 ports worldwide, each aware that life at sea poses many challenges, loss of jobs and security to name a few.
On 13 November 2007 fierce storms sank seven ships, including an oil tanker in the Kerch Strait. Five-metre high waves smashed apart a Russian tanker spilling 1,300 tonnes of fuel oil into the Black Sea in what environmentalists called an “ecological catastrophe’. Four other cargo ships including three carrying sulphur also sank as winds of up to 108 kilometres an hour battered the Kerch Strait separating the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov.
Here we are reminded of the harsh and unrelenting conditions of the sea, the vast responsibility of those who work her and the responsibility we have to support the same.
SEAFARERS’ WELFARE SUPPORTS SEAFARERS DURING TIMES OF TRAGEDY AND HARDSHIP
Mission to Seafarers chaplains and volunteers supported Chinese crew when on May 12th 2008, China’s worst earthquake in more than 30 years struck southwest China killing more than 80,000 people.
Here we are reminded that seafarer’s families are often left in uncertain and vulnerable circumstances whilst they are working for many long months at sea and that seafarers amy find themselves far from home when their loved ones need them.
SEAFARERS’ WELFARE PROVIDES SUPPORT IN TIMES OF GRIEVING AND PROVIDES SERVICES TO KEEP FAMILIES IN TOUCH
The ship MV Pacific Adventurer was hit by “Cyclone Hamish (2009)” off the coast of Queensland.
Subsequently the cargo dislodged from the deck damaging other cargo and containers onboard causing various substances to spill into the ocean. The ship was damaged below the waterline and began to leak fuel and lubricant oil. Over the following days the spill washed ashore over a 60 km stretch of Moreton Island, our heritage listed Australian coastline. In an interview of the crew of the ship, the crew stated that the captain was to blame for the incident. The captain had decided to stay on course, directly through the storm. Studies have shown that seafarers are often called upon to make critical decisions when they have been working long hours and suffer from fatigue.
SEAFARERS’ WELFARE REDUCES THE LIKELIHOOD OF SEAFARER FATIGUE