Chaplain takes out international award

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Port Hedland Seafarers chaplain Garry South took out the International Seafarers Personality of the Year award.
Camera IconPort Hedland Seafarers chaplain Garry South took out the International Seafarers Personality of the Year award. Credit: Alexander Scott

Port Hedland Seafarers chaplain Garry South has taken out an international award in recognition of his tireless commitment to helping seafarers.

He won the Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year award at the International Seafarers Welfare Awards.

The awards were held in London on September 11 as part of the International Shipping Week and saw Mr South beat out five other nominees

Mr South began working with seafarers eight years ago when the senior chaplain asked for help to run the centre.

Part of his role as chaplain, involved visiting the ships in port and at sea, hearing complaints from seafarers about working conditions on board, making hospital visits, and providing transport to visiting seafarers.

He said the port saw more than 34,000 seafarers last year.

Mr South said he was honoured to win the award and receive recognition for what the Port Hedland centre does.

“I didn’t expect to win, but everyone at the centre was confident,” he said.

“What’s more important than winning the award, is the seafarers being looked after, and getting humane treatment.”

Mr South said the award was also recognition for the help the mining companies have given the centre.

“The mining companies have been very supportive of the launch boat service, and they want to help contribute to that service,” he said.

“Without that, it would be more difficult for us to bring seamen to shore, and many seafarers have told me that the best stress reliever is going to shore.”

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