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Seafarer welfare vessel gets to work in Hong Kong

Seafarer welfare vessel gets to work in Hong Kong
A new sea-going motor launch, named Dayspring, has started providing essential welfare services for seafarers out of the port of Hong Kong, thanks to The Mission to Seafarers.

The Dayspring will bring help and hope to the hardworking crews onboard the many thousands of merchant ships that visit the marine anchorages every year, to bring essential food, medicines, supplies and goods from China and on to ports in Europe.

Dayspring, built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards in China’s Guangdong province, was funded by donations to The Mission to Seafarers. The new vessel has replaced an existing vessel which had been in service for 20 years.

Stephen Miller, director for East Asia, The Mission to Seafarers, said the Dayspring is also designed to bring chaplains and other ship visitors to merchant ships, bringing comfort to those seamen who feel lonely and sad at being isolated.

“The Mission provides essential communications services to all seafarers by bringing news and the latest telecommunication data aids available. And for those fortunate crews to be allowed shore leave, she will operate as a regular shuttle service to and from shore.”