Shipping Industry Leaders support Sailors’ Society

Date 16/10/2009 Shipping Industry Leaders support Sailors’ Society Vice Admiral Sir Christopher Morgan KBE, former Director General of the UK Chamber of Shipping, hosted a historic Dinner at Admiralty House, London, recently in aid of international seafarers’ charity Sailors’ Society. The dinner was attended by Flemming Jacobs, a leading figure in liner shipping and Sailors’ Society Campaign Board Chairman, and fifteen specially invited guests who represented a range of companies connected to the industry from tankers to agents, lawyers and shipbrokers. Sir Christopher Morgan KBE, an active member of the Sailors’ Society campaign board, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB OBE ADC for his generosity in allowing this special event to take place in such a historic setting. The venue has such significance to the shipping industry and was most appropriate for the Sailors’ Society. It was a privilege to again support a charity that continues to support seafarers and their families almost 200 years after it was first established.” During the evening Sir Christopher addressed the guests explaining the importance of the Sailors’ Society’s work with seafarers far from home. He also stressed that the Society was seeking donations from individuals and companies and long-term relationships of mutual benefit. For further information about the Sailors’ Society or if you would like to make a donation towards the charity’s vital work supporting seafarers worldwide, please contact the Sailors’ Society on 023 8051 5950 or email . Ends Words: 249 Notes to Editors: The Sailors’ Society is an international charity that provides a personal lifeline for seafarers throughout the world. Existing to enrich and enhance the well-being of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers, the charity offers practical help, emotional and spiritual support and, when in dire need, financial assistance and family liaison through our Port Chaplains and Seafarers’ Centres. Our Port Chaplains visit thousands of ships every year, directly addressing the needs of seafarers - irrespective of a person’s belief or nationality - as well as maintaining vital links within the Ports that they operate. For more information, please visit, or contact Debbie Osborne at Logical Creative Marketing on: 0845 345 69 69 or email: Photos available Guests John Birkholm - Tankers UK Agencies Ltd. Crispin Burridge - Marks & Spencers Rob Day - BP Shipping Michael Drayton James Duguid - Saga Shipping James Gosling - Holman Fenwick Claus Hyldager - Inchcape Shipping Services Peter Kerr-Dineen - Howe Robinson Jesper Kjadegaard - Chamber of Shipping Iain Light - Lloyds Register Charles Maltby - Pacific Basin Brian Nixon - Morgan Stanley Michael Parker - Citi Global Johnny Plumbe - ACM Luke Readman - Thomas Miller P&I Ltd Hosts Flemming Jacobs - Trustee and Campaign Board Chairman Vice Admiral Sir Christopher Morgan - KBE - Campaign Board Member Robert Adams RD* - CEO, Sailors’ Society Jan Webber - Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Sailors’ Society