2018 Day of the Seafarer Activities

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The 2018 Peak Challenge in celebration of Day of the Seafarer on june 25th was another success with 50 participants making their way to the top of Grouse Mountain.  This year's fastest individual with a time of 37 minutes was Drew Hemmingson of the Tymac Titans. The fastest team went to Easier Said than Run from Teekay Shipping with an amazing combined time of 2 hours and 14 minutes.  The Teekay team was comprised of Chris Cooper (43 mins), Jennifer Kerr (51 min) and Sean Hennessey (40 mins).  Great to see some new teams out this year and those that came back, who say better finishing times than the previous year. Congratulations to all of our participants for taking on the challenge!  Photos and times can be viewed on our results page

Also celebrating Day of the Seafarer was the Prince Rupert Port Authority that held a similar hike in Prince Rupert starting at Atlin Terminal followed by a barbecque at the local seafarer's centre.  Over 40 employees, volunteers and seafarers participated in the Day of the Seafarer event organized by the port authority. What a great way to bring awareness to shipping and the seafarers that make it all possible. 


The 2018 Day of the Seafarer campaign also has a positive message: seafarers are invited to share what a “#GoodDayatSea ” looks like and to enter the IMO/ International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) photo competition, which is sponsored by The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). View some of the entries here

Day of the Seafarer 2018:

Apply for a 2018 ISSC Bursary

Apply for 1 of 2 $1,000 ISSC Bursaries created in honour of long serving past director Sue Hanby. The bursary is open to students enrolled in marine-related studies, with preference given to those preparing for a sea-going career. 

Complete the Bursary Application Form and return it to our offices by mail to our offices or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applications must be received by the ISSC secretariat no later than July 27th, 2018. 

Best of luck to all applicants! 

2018 Day of the Seafarer Peak Challenge

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We're now receiving registrations for our 2nd Annual Day of the Seafarer Peak Challenge on Monday, June 25th.  The number of teams are limited so don't wait to register.   For more information visit our Events Page.

Nominate a Volunteer for the Peter Bernard Award


The ISSC Board of Directors established the “Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Recognition Award" in 2015 to recognize Peter's contribution to the Society as a member of the ISSC Board from 1977 to 2014 (37 years).   This annual award seeks to recognize others that generously contribute their time to support the welfare of seafarers.  We are seeking nominations of volunteers who have shown an exemplary commitment to improving the welfare of seafarers in a Canadian port.  Deadline for this year's nomination is May 11, 2018.

To send in your vote for volunteer of the year, complete our ISSC Nomination Form. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.