Funding a new port welfare committee in Malaysia: a case study from ISWAN

Funding a new port welfare committee in Malaysia

When Maersk Sealand relocated most of its activities from Singapore to Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia in 2001, the lack of somewhere for seafarers to relax became apparent. Tanjung Pelepas is the 17th largest container port in the world but the nearest city, Johor Bahru, is 35 kilometres from the terminal.

The A.P. Møller Foundation donated the necessary funds to establish a branch of the Danish Seamen’s Church which was opened in 2003. The International Seamen’s Centre is built as a traditional Malay wooden bungalow – fully equipped with telephones, internet access, pool table, newspapers/magazines.

Visitors can relax at the bar, in the lounge areas, on a covered balcony or on the open air terrace. It is open to all seafarers, irrespective of their employer, nationality, religion and ethnic background. It is easily accessible from the berths, as shuttle buses operate 24 hours a day.

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