Photos courtesy of ICSW

Paddy Percival, chaplain of the International Sailors’ Society in Durban, South Africa, and Peter Ellis, retired Mission to Seafarers chaplain in Hong Kong, are amongst the winners of the 2011 ICSW International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards (Welfare Personalities of the Year). The others are Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Norway & Malaysia (Shipping Company of the Year); The Port of Antwerp (Port of the Year); Duckdalben International Seamen’s Club, Hamburg (Seafarer Centre of the Year); and Dr Suresh Idnani of India (Judges’ Special Award for Outstanding Services to Seafarers’ Welfare). In a world where seamen are often treated as commodities, their good deeds are, to paraphrase the Buddha, like garlands of flowers. ~Barista Uno

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