Re-Launch of QVSR Immingham Seafarers Centre

 

 

 

We are delighted to unveil an upgraded QVSR Immingham Seafarers Centre following a complete refurbishment and modernisation of the facility.

The refurbishment of the centre has cost in the region of £200,000 and the majority of the funding came via the Department for Transport (DfT) working in partnership with the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) as part of the UK Government’s commitment to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC2006), which seeks to improve and develop maritime welfare services across the world.

In addition, we also received funding from the TK Foundation, a private independent foundation named after J. Torben Karlshoej, “T.K.” who founded the Teekay Shipping Company, now Teekay Corporation. The TK Foundation’s mission is to enable disadvantaged youth to succeed and promote maritime education and safety.

Thanks to this funding the QVSR Immingham Seafarers Centre has been modernised to a standard that makes it one of the best examples of seafarer welfare facilities in Europe offering 24-hour access with a new lounge as part of the improvements.

Alexander Campbell, CEO of QVSR SC: 

“QVSR is delighted to be at the helm of improving our seafarers’ centres welfare facilities here in the UK. There is a need for seafarers’ centres to maximise their use of technology to provide the very best connectivity for seafarers visiting our ports – this is what we are doing on the Humber.

There is also a need to provide the very best modern spaces for seafarers to relax in, we believe that the Immingham Seafarers Centre sets the standards for such facilities, we want seafarers on ships berthing in the UK to experience the very best facilities, the Humber now has a first-class seafarers centre. There is a need for seafarers’ centres to provide 24 hour access, as ships and crew can arrive in port at any time. The Immingham Seafarers Centre will have a 24-hour seafarers lounge as part of the improvements.

QVSR is fully committed to driving forward with a programme of improvements that will see our seafarers centres here in the UK amongst the very best in the world. We would like to thank, DfT, MNWB, Associated British Ports and the TK Foundation for their support in making our vision a reality.”

Maritime Minister Lord Davies:

“Seafarers are the backbone of international trade and work long shifts – often months at sea away from their loved ones. When coming ashore, havens like the Immingham Seafarers Centre provide them the space to recharge and reconnect with their families.

I’m delighted to see the centre will now stay open 24/7 thanks to Government funding. Since 2021, we’ve invested £2.2 million to protect the wellbeing of seafarers so centres like Immingham can ensure seafarers have a dedicated place to unwind.”

Stuart Rivers, CEO of MNWB:

“Much hard work has gone into the refurbishment of this centre to make it a first-class facility. Thousands of seafarers spend months away from their families working at sea which can be a very lonely and isolated place, with limited access to connectivity. But having a place to go when they visit a UK port, like Immingham, ensures seafarers can enjoy some much-needed downtime. And the 24-hour open access is a real perk!

Welfare facilities for seafarers need constant review and this project will undoubtedly improve seafarers’ welfare. With that said, we are delighted to support it.”

Dennis Treleaven, Maritime Programme Officer, TK Foundation:

“The TK Foundation is delighted to be a partner with QVSR in the development of new and improved facilities for seafarers at the Seafarers Centre in Immingham.  This work reflects our commitment to supporting front line organisations across the globe that provide vital services to seafarers and we look forward to continuing to support this work in the future.”

Simon Bird, Regional Director for Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber ports said:

“We welcome the investment in the Immingham Seafarers Centre.  ABP is fully committed to working alongside QVSR as they seek to provide the very best welfare facilities here on the Humber. It’s the main focal point on the port for mariners and is a vital component to ensuring they feel comfortable when away from home.  It is also well supported by our employees who will be grateful for the reopening.”