The Port of Townsville has been very accommodating in support of the YWAM Medial Ship by providing 50 NEW life jackets and assisting with wharfage.
YWAM MSA CEO, Ken Mulligan, said, “We are very grateful for the generous partnership the Port of Townsville has extended. Maximising on this opportunity, substantial improvements were made to our 33-year-old vessel, enabling us to continue building capacity directly into PNG villages.”
Due to the intense and vast environment in which YWAM MSA operates, life jackets provide an invaluable safety element. The need to replace the ship’s current life jackets had become prominent, as they were nearing the end of their lifecycle.
Capt. Jeremy Schierer said, “We’re grateful for these new life jackets, which will help maintain high safety standards for our international medical volunteers and crew. It was a practical partnership for the Port of Townsville to provide these life jackets as they fully appreciate the inherent risks associated with working around water.”
The ship will set sail in April, embarking on the third year of outreaches in PNG. It will continue addressing the health care, community development, and training needs of our nearest international neighbour.