Advocating For Seafarer Training Needs

February 29, 2024

Center for Mariner Advocacy Director Phil Schifflin reports from the Recent IMO Sub-Committee Meeting. The tenth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) Sub-Committee met in a hybrid format in London from Feb 5-9, 2024. This meeting was most heavily focused on training-related issues, with the goal of ensuring […]

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SafeTALK: Training for Suicide Prevention

February 27, 2024

In my role as a river Chaplain, I’ve witnessed my fair share of tragedies. The work of a mariner can be both demanding and dangerous at times. Often we arrive on scene after an incident has occurred, and we’re equipped with training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to provide assistance to crews and shoreside […]

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Mark Knoy Succeeds Bruce Paulsen as SCI’s Board Chair

February 24, 2024

In February, the Seamen’s Church Institute gathered at the International Seafarers’ Center in Newark, NJ, for their first meeting of 2024. Among the agenda items was a formal transition in Board leadership. Bruce Paulsen, Esq., Partner at New York law firm Seward & Kissel, who had chaired SCI’s Board for the past six years, stepped […]

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Advocating for the Galaxy Leader Seafarer Release

February 17, 2024

SCI joins the international maritime community in advocating for the release of the Galaxy Reader Crew—Read the full International Chamber of Shipping statement here: Shipping industry calls for release of Galaxy Leader crew still held captive. With a sense of horror, many of us watched the October 19, 2023, video footage showing the helicopter assault by Houthi […]

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CME Sees Growth in 2023 in Simulator Training and e-Learning.

February 17, 2024

As part of SCI’s mission focus, the Center for Maritime Education is dedicated to training mariners and optimizing mariner safety. SCI is pleased to report that CME experienced noteworthy growth in mariner training between 2022 and 2023. While the adoption of the cutting-edge K-Sim operating system posed initial challenges early in 2023, causing a slight impact […]

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CME Tested New Tug Model for Port of Corpus Christi

January 24, 2024

In 2019 and 2020, when MODA Ingleside Energy Center sought to expand berths for better accommodation of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) near Corpus Christi, TX, they enlisted SCI’s assistance for feasibility studies to thoroughly assess the project before implementation. Throughout this expansion, SCI’s Center for Maritime Education conducted three distinct tests. The initial two […]

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Making a Difference in 2023

January 23, 2024

• SCI-Port of New York and New Jersey • Throughout 2023, the International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark continued to have a significant impact on the port community. While noting a slight decline in vessel visits—which can be attributed to the ISC operating with one fewer full-time chaplain than usual for most of the year—SCI […]

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“Between The Levees”

January 8, 2024

SCI President and Executive Director, the Rev. Mark Nestlehutt, joined Tim Tregle on “Between the Levees,” a podcast focused on the living histories of maritime industry personnel in all areas of the business. In this episode, they “discuss the history of SCI from its origins in New York Harbor in 1834 to what it has […]

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Rules of the Road

December 29, 2023

Video training for all mariners – anytime, anywhere. In 2022, the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Maritime Education (CME) launched Rules of the Road, a series of short video-based training modules designed to disseminate maritime knowledge. The initial focus was on legal obligations but has expanded to encompass vessel and radar operations. The driving […]

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ICMA Leadership Meets in Antwerp

December 20, 2023

The Benefits of SCI’s Partnership with Global Mariner Welfare Organizations. In September 2023, ICMA’s charity trustees and general membership met in Antwerp, Belgium for the association’s Annual General Meeting. The site for these meetings was the architecturally stunning Havenhuis, or Port House, located in the heart of the bustling port. Antwerp, the diamond capital of […]

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