As another year came to a close, SMOU took to the port during the season of giving by preparing 300 festive care packs for seafarers who called at the port of Singapore. On 22 December, SMOU together with the Mission to Seafarers Singapore (MTSS), distributed the festive care packs to vessels that were called alongside at Jurong Port. Joined at the distribution was SMOU President, Mr Rahim Jaffar, along with MTSS Officials, Honorary Secretary, Mr Vitalii Chaika, and Port Chaplain, Mr Toh Soon Kok.
Adhering to the safe management measures at the port, the festive packs were handed over to a ship representative at the ship gangway to ensure the safety of the crew. The packs included a variety of items from Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits and reusable face masks, to snacks like chocolates and festive candy – a thoughtful gift to support seafarers as they carry on their voyage to keep the global supply chains moving. SMOU will continue to look out for opportunities to support our seafarers and crew that call at the port of Singapore.
Mr Toh Soon Kok commended SMOU on the initiative and its importance. “Dropping off care packs for visiting seafarers is certainly one of the ways we can express our appreciation for the sacrifices they have made. Seafarers may still encounter stress and tensions at work but they will know that they are not forgotten particularly during the last couple of years,” he said.