THE international seafarer welfare charity, Mission to Seafarers, announced winners of its inaugural Seafarers Awards at a recent dinner in Singapore.
Servet Akturk a pumpman with Zenith
Maritime hailing from Turkey received an award for his significant
contribution to the welfare of his fellow crewmen aboard the tanker Good
A talented woodworker, Mr Akturk has contributed greatly to the social
life onboard his vessel by making a pinball table for the crew and new
equipment for the onboard gym.
Mr Akturk also makes personal gifts for specific individuals and writes
poetry. Akturk was nominated for this award by his Chief Officer who has
seen the impact that his hobby has had on the rest of the crew.
The next award went to a captain whose approachable and considerate
leadership has supported his crew directly and positioned him as a true
role model to his officers and others within his company, Via Marine
Capt Jonathan Adriatico "patient and good-humoured attitude has helped
his crews grow and learn and has set an excellent example to other
aspiring captains of the good that can be done in the role".
Capt Rajesh Unni was presented the award for the shore-based individual
who had significantly contributed to seafarers' welfare.
A truly remarkable individual, Capt Unni who is the founder and CEO of
Synergy Group, has had a tremendous welfare impact both on specific
individuals and on the wider seafaring community.
In addition to the financial support and low-interest loans offered to
seafarers and his direct action to support greater gender equality in
the maritime workforce, the judges were also impressed with his personal
Said mission secretary general Andrew Wright: "Seafarers are so often
overlooked or undervalued for the vital part they play in the everyday
lives of people everywhere.
"Away at sea for months at time it can be all too easy for individuals
and organisations to fall into the trap of 'out of sight, out of mind'.
The recipients of today's awards challenge that in every way, making a
real difference personally and professionally to the welfare of
seafarers." said the Rev Canon Wright.
Said development director Jan Webber: "This was an amazing evening
honouring truly remarkable contributions to seafarer welfare from around
the world. Over S$140,000 (US$) has been raised by the event, which
will go towards funding the Mission in Singapore.
Winners were chosen by judges Capt Kuba Szymanski - Secretary General of
InterManager, Marlon Rono, president and CEO of Magsaysay People
Resources; Esben Poulsson, chairman of The International Chamber of
Shipping, and The Rev Wright, secretary general of the Mission to