Liverpool Seafarers Centre and the port of Liverpool have been hailed among the best in the world by a ship’s captain docking in the city.
Captain Voltaire M David, Master of bulk carrier the MV Strategic Tenacity, wrote to LSC chief executive John Wilson following a visit in February expressing his appreciation of the hospitality his crew received.
He said the vessel, which left for Amsterdam, had enjoyed its time in the port, adding: “Crew will be leaving with a heavy heart as they have had a good time here in spite of the pandemic. No doubt we will never again experience this genuine concern and care in any other port.”
During the visit, LSC assisted the ship in getting an internet connection and getting hold of items from Amazon for individual crew members.
The full letter said: “On behalf of my crew and the vessel, I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to you and your office for the hospitality, the assistance rendered on the internet modem and acquiring crew personal effects at Amazon. I suggest that your office should start your own online business that caters to all seafarers with your good personal brotherly care. No doubt Amazon will have serious fair competition.
“Most all we really appreciate the daily visit and the talk that you and your colleague did. It is very nice to have someone from the shore who really cares for the seamen’s welfare.
“Honestly, I have been a seafarer for about 25 years now and all I can say is that the port of Liverpool is one of the best ports that I have visited, the crew will be leaving with a heavy heart as they have a good time here in spite of the pandemic. No doubt, we will never again experience this genuine concern and care in any other port.
“Once again, thank you and see you soon. By the way, the crew had a good time watching TV and playing DOTA with the delicious cakes and fruits that you have shared with us. We are also looking forward to using the basketball and the shoes.”