Photo Credit: MtS Brisbane
The Brisbane branch of the international Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers has been recognised with a nomination for a national award. The Daily Cargo News Australian Shipping Awards recognises excellence in a number of categories, including customer service, environment and safety, and supply chain technology. In its Seafarers Welfare Award, which is sponsored by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Mission to Seafarers Brisbane has been nominated alongside the Australian Mariners Welfare Society, Hunterlink, the Port of Brisbane, and Svitzer Australia
The MtS Brisbane team of Jackie Nielsen-Dale, Heather Turner, Ian McGilvray and Stephen Briggs provide more than 8,000 bus trips each year, carrying more than 25,000 seafarers to and from their ships – around 53,500 miles (86,000 km) per year.
The mission provides pastoral care, counselling and welfare services to seafarers, including internet services and access to computers with Skype and WiFi so they can contact relatives. The MtS team also undertake ship visits for those seafarers unable to get shore leave.
The winners will be announced at the Australian Shipping Awards, which takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotel on Thursday (22 November).