In less than 12 hours from now, a group of 32 professionals from Singapore’s maritime and insurance community will begin a 24-hour endurance challenge to row a pair of ocean-going boats around Singapore island as part of a fundraiser to aid the global maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers.
The trip is 140 kilometers long and involves the use of 2 traditional Cornish Pilot Gigs. With the added heat, humidity and powerful sunshine, this event will no doubt stress the participants in ways they have never imagined.
The following is a preview of the event:
Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam commented:
“As a global hub port and leading international maritime centre, Singapore welcomes to our shores every day some 12,000 seafarers from all over the world. These seafarers form the backbone of the shipping industry, and play an essential role in supporting the global trade. Given the challenging nature of the work and the demanding conditions at sea, The Mission to Seafarers performs an important function in championing seafarer welfare, and offering support to these dedicated men and women in various areas of their need.”
Sponsors of the event include Norton Rose Fulbright, ASP Ship Management, AXA, BW Maritime, Centaurs Group, Catlin Insurance, Kukri Sports Singapore, Masterbulk, Smit Salvage, The Baltic Exchange, The Singapore Shipowners’ Association, Titan Salvage, 8ightplus Health and Marina Keppel Bay.
A few of the firms involved:
Interested in sponsoring or finding out more? Please visit their website here: http://www.missionrasi.com/