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Seafarer News: Scholarship for culinary career, 'Difficult life,' Cabotage relaxation dims Indian sailor jobs, New hope on mental wellness

Garrets International and Sailors’ Society Scholarship Enables Student To Pursue Career At Sea
July 4, 2018

An aspiring chef has been selected as the second beneficiary of a maritime education scholarship co-funded by Sailors’ Society and Garrets International and administered by Homer Foundation. Kristina Kamatoy, 18, from Quezon in The Philippines, was awarded the scholarship to train at the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) in Manila. The Sailors’ Society – Homer Foundation Scholarship enables Filipino students from underprivileged backgrounds to pursue culinary careers in the shipping industry.


My Friend’s Husband is a Captain: A True Story about the Difficult Life of a Seafarer and his Family
28 June 2018

Parishes across Australia are called to support the work of Seafarers as part of the annual Sea Sunday Appeal on 8 July. Every dollar raised will help to provide pastoral support for seafaring men, women and their families through the works of Stella Maris centres across Australia.

A few weeks ago, I suddenly thought of my friend and ex-colleague, Divina, who had a seafarer husband, Ronald. I attended their wedding, which was three years before mine.

Cabotage relaxation dims job potential for Indian seafarers
P Manoj T+ T-

India’s cabotage laws allows only Indian registered ships to ply on local routes: Removing the right of first refusal will ‘completely cripple’ the shipping industry
July 4 2018

The Centre’s decision to ease the cabotage rule for allowing foreign flag ships to carry a range of cargo on local routes and the move to scrap the right of first refusal (ROFR) granted to Indian ships to carry PSU cargo will dim employment and training prospects for Indian seafarers, according to two top seafarers outfits.


New hopes for seafarers despite concerns on mental wellness
Sulaimon Salau 04 July 2018

For Nigerian seafarers, the decision to choose shipping service profession was never a mistake, it is indeed a blessing as hope for better days lies ahead of them.This played out recently as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) marked the Day of the Seafarers in grand style. Just as it was celebrated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) yearly, the event, which took place in Warri, Delta State got the attention of top government functionaries, major stakeholders and seafarers, with challenges, opportunities and mental well being of seafarers as the focus point.

Indeed, the gathering brought to the fore several risk factors that confront the seafarers in the sea. Some of these include that; seafarers experience intense emotions, anxiety, hopelessness, negativity, and helplessness at sea.Besides, reports showed that the mental health of sea goers have recently received a lot of attention because of rise in mortality rate. This mortality has attributed to suicide and it accounts for about 14.3 per cent deaths at sea.