2019 - 2020 Latest News
Sydney: 1st May 2020
Because of COVID 19 impacts on seafarers worldwide, AMWS's regular $10000 donation to ISWAN's anti-piracy fund has this year been redirected to their crowd-funding appeal supporting affected seafarers and families.
The ISWAN Seafarers Emergency Fund provides immediate, essential aid to seafarers and families severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sydney: April 2020
Chairman Alan Tait has asked AMWS members to join him in expressing thanks to all involved in recent efforts to support the crew on board the Ruby Princess. With the assistance of the local Port Kembla community, over 1100 care packages were prepared and distributed to each crew member on board. In particular, Alan said that key organisers of this response should be recognised. These include Nicole Dillon (the ideas person), John Kewa (MTS), NSW Ports Authority, Good360 founder Alison Covington, local MP Paul Scully, Alison Scully and the Kollaras Group who provided transport and logistics. A well done to all involved
Australian Maritime College: April 2020
AMWS Scholarship Programme
Toby and Martin were recent recipients of the AMWS scholarship programme at the Australian Maritime College. Both are now well on the way to achieving their goals in the maritime industry.
Toby (left), Martin (right)
25th April 2020: Anzac Day
Driveway at Dawn Parade - see details left.
Sydney - 8th March 2020
In 2019, AMWS established the annual Jim Israel Tall Ship Sail Training Award in recognition of Jim's many years of service to the organisation.
The fully funded award provides a young Australian of moderate means with an opportunity to experience 10 days "life at sea" on board the national sail training vessel STS Young Endeavour.
AMWS is delighted to announce that the 2020 recipient of the award as now been selected. Full details of the voyage and candidate will be announced by the last week of March 2020.
March 2020: Due to COVID 19, Young Endeavour voyages have been cancelled until further notice.
Sydney - ReCAAP 2019 Annual Piracy Report. 7th March 2020
Piracy continues to be a worldwide problem for mariners. IMB and ReCAAP have recently published their annual reports for 2019. Although the overall number of incidents has declined in recent times, several hot-spots remain.
AMWS maintains an ongoing financial commitment via ISWAN to assist seafarers and families affected by piracy.
Perth - 19th February 2019: Australian Seafarers Welfare Council.
The Australian Seafarers Welfare Council met in Perth on the 19th February 2020. These meetings, which are part of Australia's compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention are chaired by AMSA.
Alan Tait, the AMWS Chairman attended on behalf of the Society.
Agenda items included the coronavirus and its impact on seafarers, "seafarer connect" - a new mobile modem system for visiting seafarers currently being trialed in Botany Bay, 2019 second half MLC complaints and incidences received by AMSA and the upcoming AMSA MLC Report, expected to be published in March 2020
Sydney - 18th February 2020
At today's AMWS Councillors meeting, Captain Alan Tait announced that he would be stepping down as Chairman at the next AMWS annual general meeting to be held in May 2020. Alan has served as Chairman for 15 years.
Mr David Parmeter has been nominated as Alan's replacement.
A formal hand-over of positions will take place at the AGM in May.
Melbourne - MTS Invitation to film premier "Harbour Lights - Women with a Mission 1914-1918" - 26th February 2020.
"Please join Neil Edwards AM, Chairman & the Hon. Robin Scott, Minister for Veterans, as we tell the story of a network of women from all walks of life, who supported the merchant seafarers as they put themselves in danger traversing the seas to transport both troops and cargo to protect Australia and contribute to the Great War effort."
When: 26th February 2020 - 11am - 12pm
Where: Mission to Seafarers - 717 Flinders Street Docklands
RSVP to: email@example.com
Canberra - 20th October 2019
Chairman Captain Alan Tait OAM was our proud representative at the 30th Annual Commemoration and Unveiling of New and Remedial works by Senator Linda Reynolds Minister for Defence at the National Merchant Navy War Memorial Canberra on the 20th October 2019.
Sydney - October 2019
The AMWS Councillors are sad to report that Mrs Vera Rose, former Company Secretary of the Sydney Sailors Home (1994 / 1997) has passed away. For many years, she also assisted her husband and Deputy Chairman of the SSH, George Rose with the administration of the facility.
A memorial service for Mrs Rose will be held on the 11th October 2019 (please contact the AMWS Secretary for full details).
Portland, Victoria Mission to Seafarers - October 2019
Using an Australian Mariners Welfare Society $20,000 grant, the Portland Mission to Seafarers has been able to purchase a new bus and transfer their existing vehicle to Hastings MTS.
A dedication service was held in Hastings to celebrate the arrival of the ex-Portland bus (see picture at left).
Sydney - October 2019
Rohan, one of two recent recipients of an AMWS AMC scholarship, has written to the Society expressing his thanks for the assistance.
Rohan is using the support to further his studies in marine engineering.
AMWS Councillors wish him all the best as he continues his career at sea.
Sydney - September 2019
AMWS has confirmed two scholarships for students studying at the Australian Maritime College in the second semester 2019.
The AMWS Council wishes both of these students, Aarron and Rohan, all the best with their ongoing studies in nautical science and engineering.
This brings the total number of scholarships provided by AMWS at the Australian Maritime College during 2019 to four.
Sydney - 1st September 2019
Jock Auld, one of the last surviving sea-going residents of the Sydney Sailors' Home passed away on the 1st September 2019. There will be a memorial service at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Thursday next.
Jock first took up residence at the SSH in 1948
Further details of Jock's life during his period as a resident can be found on pages 50 & 51 of the AMWS publication "Sydney Sailors' Home, 1859 - 2009" by Jan Bowen.
Newcastle - Letter of Thanks from MTS Newcastle Chaplain
The Chaplain at MTS Newcastle has passed on his thanks to AMWS for providing free internet services to visiting seafarers.
Chaplain Andy Lund said
"We're please to report the internet here at the Mission is one of the most enjoyed features at the Newcastle centre. The most common use for the internet is by Seafarers to connect with family and friends back home, which is always heartening. The free Internet/WIFI is certainly beneficial for Seafarer's welfare and is certainly appreciated by them"
Smoky Cape NSW - Loss of MV Noogah - 50 years ago today.
On 25 August 1969, the Australian Coastal Ship MV Noongah foundered off Smoky Cape, New South Wales carrying a cargo of steel bound for Townsville. Of the 26 crew members, 21 of them were lost.
See the File "Merchant Navy News - Spring 2019 immediately below for full details of the tragedy.
Sydney: AMWS donates an additional $10,000 to the ISWAN Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Fund (MPHRF) - August 2019.
As part of its ongoing commitment to support international seafarers and families affected by piracy, the AMWS Council has committed an additional $10,000 to the ISWAN managed MPHR Fund.
This continuing AMWS financial support reflects similar grants provided to victims of piracy is past years.
Sydney: AMWS sponsored students complete voyage on STS One & All - June 2019
Following the successful completion of their voyage on the One & All in April, both girls reported that their experiences on board were fantastic.
Amber said "her best experiences included climbing the fore mast and bonding with the Port Watch"
Jena said her highlights included "watching the shooting stars and the Milky Way on the midnight to 0400 watch.
Well done to both girls.
Sydney: Jim Israel Tall Ship Sail Training Award, 27th June 2019
Ti-Anna on this day became the first recipient of this award following the successful completion of her voyage on the STS Young Endeavour.
She was presented with her award by the long serving AMWS Councillor and former Deputy Chairman, Mr Graham Lightfoot.
During his remarks, Graham confirmed that the Jim Israel Tall Ship Sail Training Award will now be an annual part of the overall AMWS sponsorship and scholarship programme.
Well done Ti-Anna and thank you Graham.
Sydney: AMWS Annual General Meeting, 21st May 2019.
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Australian Mariners Welfare Society, Deputy Chairman Mr Graham Lightfoot advised that he would be stepping down from this position immediately. Graham advised however that he was happy to continue in the role as an AMWS Councillor going forward.
In acknowledging Graham's extensive service to AMWS as Deputy Chair, the Chairman, Captain Alain Tait, said
"Graham Lightfoot is one of those very special contributors that we have been fortunate enough to claim as a key ingredient to what we are all about"
With Graham stepping down, the Chairman said that he was delighted to confirm that Mr David Parmeter had accepted the now vacant AMWS Deputy Chairman role.
Newcastle: Anzac Day 25th April 2019
"Jim Israel Tall Ship Sail Training Scholarship" - STS Young Endeavour
After ten days on board, Ti-Anna successfully completed her voyage. She described her experience as a wonderful opportunity for a young person.
Ti-Anna was presented with her certificate by the Captain Young Endeavour. Also pictured right , is Christine Pegram of the Salvation Army, Youthlink programme.
Sydney:15th April 2019
Departure STV Young Endeavour
As the first recipient of the recently established annual "Jim Israel Tall Ship Sail Training Scholarship" , a very excited Ti-Anna commenced her voyage on the STV Young Endeavour today.
The vessel sailed with a full compliment of 27 trainees on board. As part of the programme, the trainees will celebrate ANZAC Day with an arrival into Newcastle.
Ti-Anna was farewelled on her voyage by the AMWS Chairman Alan Tait and Deputy Chair Graham Lightfoot
Sydney: April 2019
In association with the South Australian based Sail Training Vessel (STV) "One & All", AMWS is pleased to announce full funding for another two sponsorships for April 2019.
Both young high school students will begin their voyage mid month.
AMWS wishes both young ladies all the best. Members also look forward to hearing about their on-board experiences when they return.
Sydney: March 2019
AMWS has confirmed the provision of two further scholarships for students studying at the Australian Maritime College in the first semester 2019.
The Council of AMWS wishes these marine engineering students, Vanessa and Nicola, all the best with their ongoing studies.
Sydney: AMWS Jim Israel Annual Sail Training Programme Established - February 2019.
To recognise Jim Israel's more than 25 years of service as both a Councillor and Chairman of AMWS, the current Council has established a new fully sponsored annual sail training opportunity on board STS "Young Endeavour". Working together in the selection process with the Salvation Army's Youth Link programme, the first candidate has already been chosen. She begins her exciting voyage on the Young Endeavour in early April 2019.
Hobart: Wooden Boat Show - February 2019
During the recent Wooden Boat Show in Hobart, AMWS Councillor Tony Cousins had an opportunity to meet with representatives of several sail training vessels including those associated with "Windeward Bound" and "One and All". AMWS regularly provides sail training opportunities to young people who meet the Societies selection criteria on both vessels.
If you meet the criteria and are interested, please contact the AMWS Secretary for further details.
Sydney: 11th to 15th February 2019
At the Building Stronger Communities Joint Maritime Welfare Conference organised by the Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea the AMWS Chairman, Captain Alan Tait gave a presentation outlining the current activities of the Society.
The picture (left) shows some of the attendees at the conference (Alan on the right).
Launceston: 24th January 2019
Recent Australian Mariners Welfare Society scholarship recipient and new AMWS member Denise has passed on her thanks for the assistance provided as follows;
Thank you for your kindness and support.
I’ve just completed my first few days flying solo at the helm of the Lady Launceston! (See pic)
It feels good to be back at the helm of a boat!
I will advocate for the AMWS at every chance I get.
Sydney: 23rd November 2018
As part of the 2018 annual DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Awards recently held in Sydney, the AMWS Chairman, Captain Alan Tait OAM, was inducted into the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame. The award was given in recognition of Alan's more than six decades of service to the Australian maritime industry.
Congratulations Alan from all your colleagues at AMWS.
Sydney: 10th November 2018
As a recipient of the Trevor Howarth Memorial Scholarship, jointly sponsored by AMWS and Sydney Cove Rotary, another Stepping Stone House resident, Lenor has successfully completed a voyage on the STS Young Endeavour.
At the completion of her voyage, she said that "from this experience, I have found that I have more confidence in my ability to face new experiences and life challenges".
Great feedback and well done!
Lenor's complete report on her voyage experiences is available on page 3 of this Latest News Section.
Canberra: 21st October 2018.
SEAFARERS LOST IN WAR REMEMBERED
The 29th Annual Commemoration service in Canberra honouring members of the Merchant Navy lost in war was held at the National Merchant Navy War Memorial in Kings Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin on 21 October.
This event is organised by the Merchant Navy War Memorial Fund. Proceedings at the service were conducted by Sister Mary Leahy OAM, Stella Maris Chaplain, Port of Sydney, assisted by Mission to Seafarers Australia representatives Mr John Kewa and Rev. Tay Un. Attending the service were WW2 veterans, members of returned services organisations, also the War Widows Guild of Australia and the Diplomatic Corps along with seafarer support groups such as the Sydney Bethel Union and the Australian Mariners Welfare Society whose representatives all laid wreaths.
The Address was delivered by Mr Collin Acton RAN, Principal Chaplain to the Navy.
Sydney: October 2018
AMWS has confirmed the provision of two further scholarships for students studying at the Australian Maritime College in the second semester 2018.
The Council of AMWS wishes these students all the best with their ongoing studies.
Sydney: 21st September 2018
Since 2006, AMWS has provided grants, donations, scholarships, project funding and welfare payments to maritime related charities, students and other recipients exceeding $1.97 million.
The breakdown is as follows - projects 38%, seafarer welfare providers 41%, AOS / MTS computer support 11%, scholarships 7%, maritime related donations 3%.
The AMWS Chairman Alan Tait today said that we are proud of not only what we have achieved but what we will be doing for the future.
Sydney: 3rd September 2018
Marchant Navy Day
The Australian Mariners Welfare Society asks its readers to take a few moments of their time to think just how much Merchant Seafarers have done both in and out of Wars to help feed and defend us on vessels unequipped to fight back in what can be a cruel sea.
Capt. Alan Tait, Chairman AMWS
STS One & All, Adelaide, August 2018
With AMWS sponsorship, Cameron recently completed a 5 day youth training voyage on board this South Australian based tall ship.
On his return, Cameron said that "the opportunity to go on a ship like this was a whole new experience which I am extremely glad to have taken up".
Well done Cameron.
Sydney: August 2018
At the recent AMWS Councillors meeting in Sydney, additional donations, grants, scholarships and sail training sponsorships to a total value of $78,200 were approved for payment to recognised Australian based maritime charities and tall ship organisations. These new payments take the annual AMWS seafarer welfare contributions to over $118,500 year to date.
AMWS Chairman Captain Alan Tait said that he was delighted that the Society was so actively involved in providing for the needs of seafarers.
Sydney: August 2018
The Australian Mariners Welfare Society has been presented with a Sponsor's Certificate of Appreciation by the Master of the sail training vessel Windeward Bound. Over the last few years, AMWS have provided a number of tall ship sail training opportunities to young Australians who meet the Societies sponsorship criteria.
STV Windeward Bound: Hobart : July 2018
With AMWS sponsorship, Eli (helmsman- pictured) recently completed his voyage on the STV Windeward Bound.
Eli advised that:
"This was an amazing and unforgettable experience. I learnt a lot, made friends and developed as a person. Thank you everyone".
A copy of Eli's full voyage report can be found on the Latest News linked page following.
Sydney: August 2018
A new edition of the Australian Mariners Welfare Society newsletter "Mariner's Lifeline" has just been published. Copies of the newsletter will be posted to all AWMS members in the next few days.
If you are not a member but would like to receive a free copy and learn more about the Charity, please contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A electronic copy of the complete August 2018 "Mariner's Lifeline" newsletter can also be found on this webpage on the Membership page / Newsletter