NAMMA Conference 2022 – August 9-11

Theme: Finding our Balance In Seafarers’ Welfare

Introduction: The world of shipping has witnessed tremendous instability in the last several years. The worldwide pandemic and supply chain crunch have caused significant disruption for all those working at sea and in port. Seafarers’ welfare organizations have needed tremendous agility to respond to each new challenge. NAMMA’s 2022 conference will explore how to find balance as seafarers’ ministries to serve effectively, but also how to encourage balance in the lives of the seafarers we serve and in our own lives. The conference will welcome more than 100 representatives of local and international seafarers’ welfare organizations but is open to all other partners in the wider maritime community.

Venue: Maritime Conference Center at 692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090, United States.

Program Schedule and Media

Tuesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 10

Thursday, August 11

  • 9:00 – 10:15 AM: Session 5 – Auditorium – “Partnerships for Seafarers’ Vaccination”
    • Dr. Alicia Rossiter, University of South Florida College of Nursing (bio)
    • Steve Finnesy, Tampa Port Ministry (website)
    • Group Discussion
    • Meike Erichsen, ITF Seafarers’ Trust, “Pandemic and War: A View from the Sea” (bio)
  • 10:15– 10:45AM: Break
  • 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Session 6 – Auditorium – International Perspectives: New Opportunities Through the Pandemic
    • “Government Funding for Seafarers’ Welfare,” Morris Van Voornveld, National Coordinator, Seafarers’ Welfare Board for New Zealand (website)
    • “Working Through Pandemic in Denmark and Greenland,” Nicolaj Wibe, General Secretary, Danish Seafarers’ Mission (website)
    • “See-Judge-Act and the Ad Hoc Bishop’s Conference Committee on Stella Maris Canada,” Bishop Thomas Dowd, Bishop, Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and Stella Maris Bishop Promoter, Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops (bio)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM: Session 7 – Auditorium – Group Workshop – Maintaining Balance in Our Local Port Ministry – Facilitated by Chaplain Michelle DePooter (Ministry to Seafarers Montreal) and Deacon Dileep Athaide (Stella Maris Vancouver). Topics: how to continue focus on personal shopping for seafarers without overextending our resources? How to use our seafarers’ centers? How do we (re-)train ship visitors (and ourselves)?
  • 2:30- 3:00 PM: Break
  • 3:00 – 4:30 PM: NAMMA Updates and AGM – Auditorium
  • [4:30 PM-5:00 PM – NAMMA New/Old Board Meeting]
  • [4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – tours of MITAGS ship simulators in small groups]
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM – Buffet Dinner – Dining Hall
  • 6:30 – 7:30 PM: Closing Worship – Auditorium

Friday, August 12

  • Departure for regular conference guests
  • [Stella Maris Regional Conference (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) [Those Stella Maris members interested, please direct any questions you might have to Deacon Paul Rosenblum at]

Saturday, August 12

  • [Stella Maris Regional Conference (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) [Those Stella Maris members interested, please direct any questions you might have to Deacon Paul Rosenblum at]

Conference Planning Committee: Deacon Paul Rosenblum (Charleston), David Clark (Houston), Deacon Dileep Athaide (Vancouver), Rev Cristi Chapman (Seattle), Nereida Kerkado (San Juan)