After the relocation of the Mission to Seafarers Centre from downtown Port Vila to the Ports and Habrour area more than 40 seafarers have already enjoyed the facilities provided there.
Services include transporting domestic and international Seafarers both into town, and access to Internet services so seafarers can communicate with their families in different parts of the world.
“Seafarers with laptops also take theirs to the center, as we also provide wireless access” the Chaplain to Mission to Seafarers Port Vila Fr. Michael Tavoa said.
He said the Anglican mission agency's centre is trying to negotiate with the telecommunication companies in Vanuatu especially TVL Vanuatu and Digicel to sell sim cards and top-ups for the seafarers as staff after realising that most of the vessels are coming into the port at night giving the seafarers little time to go out into the city.
“Since Vanuatu is one of the world's most popular tourist destination, the centre is also working with the Department of Tourism in Vanuatu to see if it is possible the center could also sell souvenirs, drinks and operate as as currency exchange center," said Fr Michael.
He added, “Seafarers also request mass on board their vessels and the centre is at the moment preparing a liturgy suitable for the seafarers to use."
The centre began its operation in October last year at its current location, but already it's clear that additional help and extra materials such as computers and Bibles will greatly benefit the need of the seafarers and the mission and objectives of the center.
The Mission to Seafarers in Port Vila would like to thank the Anglican Church of Melanesia for the support given and also for the faithful support of the Mission to Seafarers Executive Committee.