Southern Ports Plays Santa for Seafarers
- Published: 11 January 2021
Staff across the three Southern Ports sites donated gifts to put together Christmas hampers for seafarers who were in Port around Christmas Day.
Southern Ports Chief Operations Officer Keith Wilks said 2020 had been a particularly challenging year for seafarers.
“While 2020 was a tough year for most people, it was exceptionally difficult for ship’s crew, many of whom have found themselves stranded onboard for over 12 months,” Mr Wilks said.
“Our workforce recognised this and wanted to provide a little Christmas cheer to seafarers, to thank them for the vital role they play in our industry.
“Two of our staff in Bunbury came up with the idea to organise Christmas hampers for the crew, and it was quickly embraced by staff in Albany and Esperance as well.”
Hundreds of gifts were donated by Southern Ports staff, which were added to contributions made by the organisation, Monson Shipping Company, South 32 and the Mission to Seafarers across the Albany, Bunbury and Esperance Ports.
Mr Wilks thanked the other agencies for supporting this initiative.
“It was great to see other organisations so willing to be part of this project,” Mr Wilks said.
“This was just a small way we could thanks our seafarers, and they were very grateful for their Christmas gifts.”