by Susan Huppert, NAMMA The COVID-19 vaccination roll-outs around the world have generated many questions for those patiently waiting. We might wonder when it will be our turn and which vaccine will be available to us. These questions are not
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA The Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey extends Christmas cheer to the international seafarers who bring Christmas to others through their labor. The ecumenical faith agency provides for the human needs of seafarers and the wellbeing of those
by Christiaan De Beukelaer, The Conversation It has been rightly described as a humanitarian crisis and a modern form of forced labour. In the early months of 2020, stranded cruise ships became a stark symbol of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now it is seafarers
This is the 2020 issue of The MARE Report magazine. The MARE Report (MARE is the 'sea' in Latin) is a new magazine published by the North American Maritime Ministry Association to discuss issues affecting seafarers' welfare providers and their supporters.
A collection of chaplains and ministry directors talk frankly about what may be ahead. Will fundraising be as difficult as 2020? It will be different. Reverend Philip Vandercook, Executive Director of Global Maritime Ministries in New Orleans, steps back when responding. His
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA Familiarity brings comfort. Due to the global pandemic, this year’s fundraising for seafarer centers, ministries and those who support mariners was critically challenged. The normal ways of attracting donations have no longer been possible. Large group banquets
by Kevin Walker, NAMMA In July and early August of this year, the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) surveyed its members about how COVID-19 had affected seafarers’ welfare in their areas, what kinds of services they were offering them, what approach
On September 10, eight United Nations Agencies joined together to issue a joint statement about the "humanitarian crisis" in maritime shipping. The joint statement calls on "all Governments to immediately recognize seafarers as key workers, and to take swift