New bus do­na­tion fares well

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Sea­far­ers com­ing in to Dampier will be aided by the ad­di­tion of a new bus to the Dampier Sea­far­ers Cen­tre fleet cour­tesy of Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity.

PPA has do­nated a 16-seater bus to the cen­tre to as­sist with pro­vid­ing ser­vices to thou­sands of sea­far­ers ar­riv­ing at the Port of Dampier.

In a let­ter to the PPA, Sea­far­ers ad­min­is­tra­tor Joel Zanich said the do­na­tion was “truly a bless­ing” to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity have been one of our great­est sup­port­ers over the years — not just fi­nan­cially, but also by the in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ees that read­ily and hap­pily make them­selves avail­able to us, to as­sist us in any way they can,” he said.

“As our pri­mary con­cern is the wel­fare of sea­far­ers, the con­tin­ued con­tri­bu­tion and sup­port from the Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity has be­come in­valu­able in as­sist­ing with the day to day run­ning of the cen­tre.

“This is go­ing to make such a dif­fer­ence to the way we are able to op­er­ate our pick up and drop off ser­vices.”

Mr Zanich said the bus would make it eas­ier for the cen­tre to find ex­tra vol­un­teer driv­ers.

Port of Dampier har­bour master Gavin Gi­blett said the bus would help vol­un­teers trans­port sea­far­ers from the port to the cen­tre, in­clud­ing in and around the Kar­ratha/Dampier town­ships.

“The do­nated bus is a to­ken of PPA’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the won­der­ful work car­ried out by the cen­tre’s vol­un­teers ev­ery day,” he said.

“PPA will con­tinue to work closely with the cen­tre to help it achieve its aim of pro­vid­ing im­por­tant ser­vices to thou­sands of sea­far­ers who ar­rive at the Port of Dampier from all around the world.”

Mr Gi­blett said the PPA was a proud sup­porter of the cen­tre. More than 10,000 in­ter­na­tional sea­far­ers vis­ited the port in the last fi­nan­cial year.

The bus is the third in the Dampier Sea­far­ers’ fleet.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity Dampier har­bour master Gavin Gi­blett, cen­tre, with Dampier Sea­far­ers chap­lain Ian McGil­vray and ad­min­is­tra­tor Joel Zanich.

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