Thursday, June 4, 2020

Maritime Charities Awarded Separate Membership Category with UK Chamber of Shipping

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UK – Anyone who has been shut in during lockdown with access to a television will be aware of the ramping up of appeals for a huge variety of charities appearing on their screens in numbers never before seen. The virus has obviously affected all these organisations and now the UK Chamber of Shipping has made a move to help highlight the profiles of the charities which are associated with it.

Previously these charities have been categorised with the Chamber’s other 40 Associate members but henceforth three organisations are signed up to the new membership category. Being a Charity member allows the organisation to utilise the network of the Chamber, engage with other members at all levels and share content through the Chamber’s communications network, helping raise their profile and strengthen the voice of the UK’s Shipping industry whilst paying a discounted rate.

The three charities currently involved are the Mission to Seafarers, Seafarers UK and Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea). Each of these have similar aims, to care for the shipping industry’s most important asset, its people, and Tony Jerome, Head of Membership & Business Development at the UK Chamber of Shipping said:

“It was felt the important role charities play in the sector and our organisation could be better promoted by having their own category. It is important we support our sector’s charities and include them in the ‘voice of the UK Shipping’ industry. We are delighted to have Mission to Seafarers, Seafarers UK and Stella Maris on board. We hope to raise the profile of these charities at our future events, help them share their great work through our communications and bring them together to work on joint initiatives in the future.

”We know the coronavirus has had a major impact on charities, but we believe that is even more of a reason to be part of a wider, collective network and association at such a critical time. We hope more charities will sign-up soon to enhance this Charity membership category even further.”

The Mission to Seafarers is on call for seafarers in over 200 ports around the world offering much needed practical, emotional and spiritual support through ship-visits, their seafarers' centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services. All made possible through its global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers. Maurizio Borgatti, Head of Corporate Partnerships said:

“Mission to Seafarers is delighted to see the UK Chamber of Shipping introduce a Charity category of membership. This will help us and other charities to have more profile within the organisation and develop more relationships with industry partners. We look forward to working with the Chamber in the coming months to promote what the Mission to Seafarers has planned for 2020.”

Seafarers UK has been helping people in the maritime community for more than 100 years, by providing vital support to seafarers in need and their families, and to those in education or training who are preparing to work or serve at sea. The charity does this by giving grants to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Last year, Seafarers UK gave grants totalling more than £2 million to over 50 charities, organisations and projects. Nick Harvey, Campaign Manager said:

“Seafarers UK is delighted to see the Chamber of Shipping introduce a Charity category of membership. This will help us and the ‘delivery partner’ charities we support to have a higher profile within the organisation and to develop more relationships with industry partners. We look forward to working with the Chamber in the coming months to promote what Seafarers UK has planned for 2020.”

Stella Maris has a global network of over 1,000 chaplains and volunteers in 334 ports spread across 59 countries and each year conducts around 70,000 ship visits to provide welfare services, advice, friendship, practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. It is the largest ship-visiting charity in the world and Ian Stokes, Head of Corporate Engagement and Partnerships commented:

“Stella Maris performs a crucial role in the international maritime industry. We are joining the UK Chamber of Shipping to better understand the needs of the corporate sector and ensure our service continues to meet their needs.”