In the world of shipping, the bottom line usually takes centre stage, but Singapore's maritime community put the spotlight on seafarers for an evening.
The 280 guests at this month’s Mission to Seafarers annual awards dinner at the InterContinental Hotel dug deep into their pockets to raise SGD 138,000 ($100,000) through tickets, raffles and a charity auction.
Gold sponsor BHP kicked in a further SGD 15,000 with a surprise cheque presented by Rashpal Bhatti, the company’s vice-president of marketing and freight.
The award for the seafarer who contributed significantly to the welfare of fellow crew onboard went to Giovanni Lauron of BW Group, while the award for the seafarer who has contributed significantly to crew welfare within his organisation went to Captain Conrado Gascon of Masterbulk.
Nathalie Quiquempoix, general manager for business process in Wallem Group’s marine operations, received the award for the shore-based employee who made the most significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare.
Scorpio Group was named the company that had made a significant contribution to seafarers’ welfare.
The secretary general’s special award for outstanding service to seafarers went to SC Lim, who has served as a volunteer with the Mission to Seafarers Singapore for more than 44 years.
The winners were chosen by Captain Mike Meade, chief executive of M3 Marine Group; Simon Doughty, former chief executive at Wallem Group; Marlon Rono, president and chief executive of Magsaysay Maritime Corp; and the Revd Canon Andrew Wright, secretary general of the Mission to Seafarers.
Singapore has been a key location for the Mission to Seafarers for the past 93 years.
Last year, the 163-year-old organisation visited 1,013 ships in Singapore and transported 1,058 seafarers, as well as providing care and counsel to the crew of a distressed vessel.
It works to safeguard the wellbeing of seafarers worldwide, driven by its ambition to make the industry safer and more productive.