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Port Authority Contribution to Local Seafarers Centre Highlights Careers at Sea


PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- The Prince Rupert Port Authority today celebrated the fourth annual International Day of the Seafarer with a donation that will enhance the services provided to hundreds of international seafarers who disembark commercial ships at the Port of Prince Rupert every year.

The Port Authority presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Prince Rupert Seafarers' Centre, which will support the work of local volunteers who provide services and amenities to visiting crew members at the Third Avenue location.

“We’re proud to be one of many organizations around the world who specifically support international mariners while they’re in port and taking a break from their duties at sea,” said Norm Craddock, Chairman of the Prince Rupert Seafarers' Centre. “In order to provide a ‘home away from home’ to these crew members, we rely on the generosity of our volunteer base and local organizations like the Prince Rupert Port Authority who support our operations every year.” 

The average Centre visitor is under a ten-month contract to work on vessels, some even longer. The centre provides these sailors with a place to visit when they're off-ship, offering a Wi-Fi connection, computers, air hockey, pool and other activities and support services. 

"The lifestyle of sailors at sea can be one marked by distance and isolation, and the men and women who visit our harbour will have sailed routes that take them as far from human habitation as is possible on the earth's surface," said Ken Veldman, Director of Public Affairs for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, in remarks made during the presentation. "Fortunately the other side of seafaring life is community -- a tight-knit, global family whose members understand both the pleasures and perils of life at sea. Accordingly, we are proud to sustain our support of the Centre and the generosity shown to the hard-working men and women who visit the Port of Prince Rupert."

The International Day of the Seafarer was founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2011, and this year's "Career At Sea" campaign showcases how the multi-faceted maritime world offers a series of rich and fulfilling career opportunities for young people, both at sea and ashore. To show support for the Day and the seafarers, the IMO is urging individuals and organizations to post a message or photo that shows the impact a career at sea through a social media channel. Pictures can be posted to and tweets can be directed to both @IMOHQ and @SeafarerDay using the hashtag #CareerAtSea.

There are approximately 15 active volunteers currently helping run the Prince Rupert Seafarer's Centre and there is always a need for more. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact 250 624-6724 between 4 and 9 p.m. or 250 624-8237.

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Michael Gurney
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
Direct: 250 627-2509