Outer deck for prime viewing of the Port of Vancouver

On a beautiful summer evening (July 11, 2019) a group of some 90 friends and supporters of the local Vancouver Seafarers Centre set out on a cruise of the port and its numerous terminals aboard the Magic Hornblower. Most of those who joined the cruise were members of the Christian Reformed and Anglican Churches, and mainly from the Lower Mainland.

Chatting on board, with mountains and grain terminals in the background

The cruise launched from Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, and worked its way inland up the Burrard Inlet. From the Canada Place cruise ship terminal we sailed all along the south coast past the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.

Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in the background

Beyond the bridge we saw several of the liquid bulk (mainly petroleum) terminals, as well as a train passing alongside the port with its cargo for one of the terminals.

We returned following the North Shore, on the way learning that the Port of Vancouver is the most diverse port in North America, with the most varied cargo passing through its shores of any other port on the continent.

The new G3 grain terminal on the North Shore – still under construction
Sulphur pile at the Kinder Morgan Terminal on the North Shore

The evening offered a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with old friend and new – over delicious snacks and drinks provided on board.

Grabbing a bite, with Rev. Peter Smyth of the Anglican Mission to Seafarers in the background providing narration
Beautiful sunset with Vancouver city centre in the background

Thanks to the chaplains at the Seafarers Centre who helped to organize and run the evening. Deacon Dileep Athaide of the Roman Catholic Apostleship of the Sea was, unfortunately, unable to join us for the evening.

Rev. Gary Roosma with his wife, Jennifer – serving with the Ministry to Seafarers of the Christian Reformed Church.
Rev. Peter Smyth of the Anglican Mission to Seafarers – centre in glasses, looking towards shore
Rev. Vincent Ng (in white vest), our newest intern
Flyn Ritchie, from Church for Vancouver, joined us for the evening

Serving seafarers from all over the world in the love of Christ is what this ministry is all about. They come to Vancouver aboard the many international cargo ships that ply our waters each and every day

Thanks to all who joined us for this delightful and memorable evening. Thanks for your support. Keep praying for this ministry, and for the many seafarers it represents.

Homeward bound

picture credits: Jennifer Roosma

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