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