Ship visits during corona crisis

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Care for crews on seagoing vessels port of Rotterdam

Due to all the strict Covid 19 measures, the change of crews on seagoing ships has been delayed for over two months. Seafarers who have been on board for a long time and who are worried about their loved ones may need a little of additional help. Another conversation, a listening ear and some understanding from third parties or – practically – an extra telephone card to call home can offer relief in such a situation.

The Rotterdam Port Welfare Committee has therefore compiled a list of organizations that, typically in the corona crisis, are willing to offer pastoral and social support on board whenever a crew member needs it. RPWC supports these organizations, they are well equipped by RPWC for visits on board, work according to a protocol and RIVM guidelines. RIVM and the GGD have given permission to resume welfare work on board. Of course, this only happens with the permission of the captain and at the request of a seafarer.

RPWC asks attention for the situation of crews. “We understand that terminals and shipping companies are concerned. Under no circumstances does one want corona on board or at the terminal. But the good work that the welfare organizations provide is in the interest of the port ”. Harbourmaster René de Vries, Deltalinqs director Bas Janssen and Robert Bravenboer of VRC call upon Rotterdam’s port business to help organizations that care about the well-being of seafarers. They consider this work very important now. “Without seafarers no medical goods for the Netherlands”.
PS; Picking up crews to visit seamen’s clubs is still not allowed.


> PKWR (Protestants Koopvaardijwerk Rijnmond)
Helene Perfors
0031 6 53 679 265

> Mission to Seafarers Rotterdam
Revd Dennis Woodward
0031 6 13 772 464

> DSM (Deutsche Seemannsmission Rotterdam)
Jan Janssen
0031 6 53 880 666

> Casco
George van Ede
0031 6 48 151 705

> Sea Health & Welfare Brielle
Belinda Hoff
0031 6 20 406 860

> SCFS R’dam (Seamen’s Christian Friend Society)
Felix Henrichs
0031 6 16 077 868

> Norwegian Seamen Church/ Noorse Kerk
Per Christian Østeby
Liv-Helga Hammaren Fure
+31 6 4783 5312, +47 90654286,

> Deense Zeemanskerk Rotterdam
Simon Berg Just
0031 6 37 102 266, 0031 6 37 102 200

> The Finnisch Seamen’s Mission
Karri Salo
0032 497 949 571

> Zeemanshuis the Bridge
Bernt Koning
0031 6 53 239 530

> Nautilus International
Sascha Meijer
0031 6 13 179 943

> ITF the Netherlands (International Transport Workers’ Federation)
Aswin Noordermeer
0031 6 53 337 522

> Stichting Pastoraat Werkers Overzee (Specifiek voor de Waterbouw)
Stefan Francke
0031 6 37 008 432