by Jason Zuidema, NAMMA Often, seafarers’ welfare is done ‘under the radar’. It is often said that the general public does not pay all that much attention to shipping, a proverbial “sea blindness”. In previous years, this has meant that seafarers’
by Kevin Walker and Jason Zuidema, NAMMA In January of 2022, the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) distributed an online survey to its members, asking about the state of seafarers’ welfare in their ports. Responses were received from 38 ministries
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA The global workforce of 1.89 million seafarers who live and work at sea needs a variety of methods to stay connected to the rest of the world. Most are not as simple as dialing a phone on
by Kevin Walker and Susan Huppert, NAMMA Seafarers’ ministries all over the world have been deeply involved in caring and advocating for seafarers caught in the COVID-19 Crew Change Crisis, from which many touching stories have emerged in the last year.
Seafarers' welfare leaders gathered online on August 10 for the first day of the annual NAMMA Conference. Taking place online for the first time in NAMMA's history, the event brought together 75 registrants and speakers from seafarers ministries and maritime
By International Catholic Migration Commission Catholic organizations are mobilizing to address an invisible humanitarian crisis affecting men and women who work at sea, while calling on U.S.-based giant retailer Walmart to do more for the wellbeing of seafarers. Have you ever stopped
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA For seafarers' welfare missions to do their job well, they need to be in close contact with seafarers. To respond to needs, then need first to listen to them. Awareness of needs is essential as we
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.