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S'pore gives grant to seafarer charities on Day of the Seafarer 2014

S'pore gives grant to seafarer charities on Day of the Seafarer 2014
As part of celebrations for the Day of the Seafarer 2014 the Singapore authorities gave a SGD100,000 ($80,000) grant to seafarer charities to support their welfare activities in one of the world’s busiest ports.

Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) assistant chief executive (operations), M Segar, presented a SGD100,000 cheque to The Missions to Seafarers, and the grant will be distributed to the Norwegian Seamen's Mission, the Danish Seamen's Church, and the International Lutheran Seafarers' Mission.

“The annual grant supports a wide range of welfare services for seafarers, ranging from ship visitations to counselling services and pastoral care at the mission centres,” the MPA said.

The presentation took place during a ceremony to mark the distribution of 600 hampers to 9,000 seafarers on ships that call in Singapore. Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Singapore’s Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport, presented the hampers to 30 representatives from the shipping industry.

“Seafaring is a challenging profession due to the nature of the job and the harsh conditions at sea. Singapore is committed to address seafarers’ welfare needs. Over the years, we have put in place various facilities, welfare programmes and year-round recreational activities," he said.

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