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Date: September 24-26, 2024 in Newark, NJ

Theme: “Serving Seafarers: First Things First”

Introduction: Seafarers’ welfare organizations have displayed remarkable adaptability in addressing ever-evolving challenges. NAMMA’s upcoming 2024 conference – September 24-26, 2024 – aims to empower these organizations in their mission to serve effectively. The event anticipates hosting over 100 delegates from both local and international seafarers’ welfare groups, while also extending its welcome to partners within the broader maritime community. Falling on September 26, 2024, World Maritime Day carries the theme “Navigating the Future: Safety First!” A novel perspective emerges when we emphasize the word “First.” This shift encourages profound discussions and presentations, touching upon spiritual and inspirational aspects, preparation, core tenets of maritime ministry, professional growth, recruitment, and vision alignment. Panels and workshops addressing institutional priorities in line with the WMD theme remain pivotal. Exploring what takes precedence, our top priorities, may rejuvenate individuals and organizations who feel stuck in routine and foster innovation.

Conference Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Newark Airport, 128 Frontage Rd, Newark, NJ 07114, USA. Room rate: $169USD+tax/night.

Registration: $399 Registration Member. $449 Registration Non-Member.

Schedule (developing)

  • Tuesday 24 September
    • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Registration Booth Open
    • [1 p.m. – Conference Begins]
    • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Sessions 1 and 2
    • 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Off-site group excursion
    • 7:30 p.m. – Dinner (in hotel)
  • Wednesday 25 September
    • [7 a.m. – denominational prayer]
    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Sessions 3 and 4
    • 12 p.m – 1 p.m. – Lunch (in hotel)
    • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Sessions 5 and 6 (NAMMA AGM and Updates)
    • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner (in hotel)
    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Excursion to Newark International Seafarers Center, Daily Prayer, and Reception
  • Thursday 26 September (World Maritime Day)
    • [7 a.m. – denominational prayer]
    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Session 7 and 8
    • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch (in hotel)
    • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Sessions 9 and 10
    • 5 p.m. [Conference Ends]
    • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner (in hotel)
  • Friday 27 September
    • Departures or denominational meetings

Contact: executivedirector@namma.org

Conference Program Committee: Jennifer Stewart (Seafarers’ House), Timothy Wong (SCI Newark), Pastor Marsh Drege (SIH), David Hulse (Seafarers’ Friend), Rev’d Chris Moore (Texas Port Ministry), Helen Glenn (Halifax Mission to Seafarers), Jennifer Koenig (NAMMA), Dr. Jason Zuidema (NAMMA)

Sponsors and Partners: The ITF Seafarers’ Trust, TK Foundation, The Mission to Seafarers, The Seamen’s Church Institute, Seafarers’ International House, Sandy Hook Pilots, ICMA

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