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CMS and MHSS to support seafarers impacted by Ukraine war

CMS and MHSS to support seafarers impacted by Ukraine war

(Posted on 20/04/22)

Columbia Shipmanagement, together with its owning company and its clients, have raised an unprecedented €1.4 million and assembled a team of 320 psychologists, mostly from Ukraine, to aid traumatised families of seafarers who have been impacted by the war in Ukraine

The package of measures, financed by the newly set-up Columbia and Clients Charitable Fund, will help to provide accommodation as well as professional psychological support, to traumatised seafarers and their families at designated ‘Columbia Sanctuaries’ in Poland and Romania

Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS), providers of professional mental health support to the maritime sector, has drawn together the team of 320 psychologists which will be on hand to assist seafarer families suffering from the effects of the war in Ukraine

CSM has taken over a hotel in Romania and two villas in Poland which will act as safe harbours for families waiting to go through the Visa and immigration process. The families are welcome to stay for up to six months while their applications are processed.

“My only requisite was that the accommodation had security guards on the doors to protect the women and children coming in. We have set up these sanctuaries for six months, all fully paid for, and the families will receive food, accommodation and clothing. Then, via the work of MHSS, we are also able to provide the necessary psychological support,” said Mark O’Neil, President and CEO of Columbia Shipmanagement

He added: “The war in Ukraine has impacted many members of our maritime community. I’m so proud of what the industry has been able to achieve through this joint action to raise funds so we can support seafarers and their families during this incredibly difficult and challenging time.

“The situation in Ukraine is deeply distressing, far more so for those directly impacted, and providing accommodation and psychological help is the least we can do. We all stand united in our support for all seafarers and families impacted by this terrible conflict

“I have said from the start, it is all about the victims of the conflict, whether they are Ukrainian, Russian, Georgian or Filipino, it doesn’t matter. They are the victims. And when we set up the Columbia and Clients Charitable Fund, Schoeller Holding, our shareholder, and CSM each put in $500K. Some of our clients and staff contributed to the extent that we now have upwards of $1.3m-$1.4m in the fund. The guiding principle was that the fund should not be bureaucratic as we wanted to put cash in the hands of those who needed cash without having to constantly reconcile the money,” Mr O’Neil stressed

As part of its initiative, CSM has also set up four rendezvous points, one in Russia, one in Ukraine, one in Poland and one in Romania for any families that may need food, clothing or accommodation. “These rendezvous points are there to thrust cash into the hands of those who need it and assistance is there to help get them through the asylum system. This rendezvous programme has been extended, via InterManager, to any seafarer families employed by other ship management companies on a reciprocal basis,” Mr O’Neil added.

He added: “Raising the money is not the issue here, it is what you do with the money. You need viable projects, and this is a good way of delivering help where help is needed. We are also looking at setting up a charity that can work on a wider scale, after the flow of refugees has abated, to offer the long-term psychological help the victims of the conflict will need.”

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