One of the World’s most influential Filipina women has praised the vital work of Liverpool Seafarers Centre.
Ms Rowena “Owen” Sanchez uses the centre’s services to help her meet up with her husband, ACL’s MV Atlantic Sky Deck Officer Victorino U. Enriquez, Jr, when the container ship docks in the city.
The Maritime Charity Headquartered at Colonsay House in Crosby – with a hub in Liverpool Cruise Terminal – offers support to 50,000 Seafarers passing through the Port of Liverpool each year.
Owen, who has dual residency in Dubai and Manila, was recently named one of the World’s Top 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in a prestigious ceremony hosted by the US based, Filipina Women’s Network (FWN100) during the recent FWN Global Leadership Summit held in St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London.
The award recognised her work as Regional HR and Managing Director of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, describing her as “a true incredibly empowered woman with great determination to positively influence others’. Her business ventures in the Philippines have ‘empowered people to realise their full potential’, the nomination went on, and she is ‘defined by the exemplary leadership skills that she showcases’.
Her visit to attend the FWN’s 15th Filipina Leadership Global Summit and Award Ceremony coincided with the MV Atlantic Sky’s latest stop-off in Liverpool allowing the couple to meet up. Originally high school sweethearts in 1987, they separated when their careers took them away from each other before reuniting in 2014.
Owen, a former flight attendant, and husband now arrange to meet up whenever she is able to travel to port during his eight-week roster.
“Liverpool Seafarers Centre has provided me with exceptional support ever since my first visit to city,” she said. “Not only has it provided a place for me to reunite with my husband, it has allowed us to bond with other seafaring couples and families.
“The staff at the centre have helped open up the city and supported in a great variety of areas such as accommodation and advised on arrival and departure times if there were unforeseen delays. They’ve also helped by providing me with immediate transport to and from the port to the city and vice versa.”
The couple’s latest meeting was short and sweet, meaning the assistance Owen received was even more significant and so vital.
“Time on land is both limited and precious to seafarers during port stop-overs,” she said. “Particularly if they are able to spend this time with family or friends they’ll ensure to maximise this opportunity. Therefore, the smoother the transition from ship to shore is so essential and would definitely create a huge impact.
“I fell in love with the city of Liverpool and its people after my first visit – they are real, genuine, warm and sincere in their hospitality. It is a relaxing and calm port and the main city has a lot of things to offer, with the perfect combination of modern and historical places that we enjoy.”
“However, it is the outreach of the Liverpool Seafarers Centre which has really transformed our experience. They perhaps go unnoticed being located right on the water, but they deliver a highly important service supporting tens of thousands of seafarers and their families, to myself and to my dear husband Enriquez every year.”
LSC CEO John Wilson said the centre offered practical assistance as well as a physical base on land where crew can take a break from their vessels. “Liverpool welcomes crews from across the globe and the LSC is often their first port of call upon arriving in the city,” he said.
“From stepping in to support seafarers who are going through major life events to working with ship management companies to ensure workers are being properly cared for, we deliver a variety of practical, emotional and spiritual work.
“Liverpool is leading the way in offering support to cruise ship crew and we have been delighted to assist Owen during her visits to the city.”
For further information contact John Wilson Tel: 0300 800 8085 visit Email: admin@Liverpoolseafarerscentre.org Website: www.liverpoolseafarerscentre.org
Liverpool Seafarers Centre
- Liverpool Seafarers Centre’s roots date back to the 19th century and is a partnership between the Catholic Apostleship of the Sea (Liverpool) and the Anglican Mersey Mission to Seafarers.
- LSC is funded by donations from the churches, we well as general donations and a new port levy on shipping lines.
- LSC provides support to 50,000 seafarers passing through Liverpool each year and is headquartered at Colonsay House in Crosby and opened a new centre in Eastham on Wirral opened in 2017.
- LSC centres provide ‘a lifeline’ to seafarers, offering a safe and secure place to rest and also receive practical and emotional support.
- With 95 per cent of British imports and exports transported by sea the UK is dependent on seafarers.
- Corporate supporters of LSC include: Essar’s Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port, Peel Ports, the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, the Mersey River Pilots, Mersey Maritime, the Voluntary Aid Club and The Phoebe Wortley Charitable Trust.