Honoring Holland America Line’s Crew Members on ‘Day of the Seafarer’
Submitted by: HAB Editorial Team
Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse and Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, front, pose with Statendam crew members from various departments.
Today is “Day of the Seafarer,” and it’s a day to celebrate the hardworking crew members you meet on every cruise. It is the fifth year that the International Maritime Organization has celebrated this campaign. In 2010, the Diplomatic Conference that met in Manila, the Philippines, agreed that the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole, should be marked annually with a “Day of the Seafarer.” The date chosen was June 25, the day on which the amendments were formally adopted. Catholic Seafarers’ Center a Home Away From Home for Crew Holland America Line recently hosted a “Home from the Sea” fundraiser luncheon for the Catholic Seafarers’ Center aboard Statendam at the Port of Seattle. The event was attended by Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Holland America Group, along with the Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, and Father Paul Magnano. Before the luncheon, attendees gathered at a ceremony to honor Fr. Tony Haycock, the Catholic Port Chaplain at the Catholic Seafarers’ Center, who has served the facility for nearly two decades. “The Catholic Seafarers’ Center provides support to our crew members that is valued and appreciated by everyone in our organization,” said Kruse. “It is an honor to have had such a longstanding relationship with the center and to support them in return so they can continue serving our community.” The Catholic Seafarers’ Center is a social-service agency in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Its mission is to meet the spiritual and practical needs of seafarers and maritime workers visiting and living in Seattle. The center provides a number of services to workers coming to the city, including shipping goods on their behalf, arranging transportation and coordinating recreational activities. — Holland America Line seafarers live and work onboard, and it’s a 24/7 operation. Traveling for months at a time away from home, they bring their land-life with them and work colleagues become like family. So home doesn’t feel so far away, the ships organize activities and socials for the crew members […]