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SLATER FUND INCREASE

SLATER FUND INCREASE

21/04/2017

Marine Society are delighted to announce that the Slater Trustees have agreed to increase the Slater award to £18,500, plus a £1,500 completion bonus, meaning that the total value of the scholarship is now £20,000.  This increase celebrates 40 years of the scholarship (since 1977) and the Slater Trustees are planning to create a logo which we can use to promote the fund.

The fund was established in memory of former MNAOA General Secretary John William Slater. In the last 10 years over 1000 seafarers have benefitted and the value of the fund has increased from £2,500 to the new amount. 

 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PATRON, THE QUEEN

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PATRON, THE QUEEN

21/04/2017

Marine Society and Sea Cadets would like to wish our patron, Her Majesty the Queen, a very happy birthday.

The monarch celebrates her 91st birthday today and is expected to mark the occasion privately. This is in contrast to her 90th last year, which was celebrated across the country, with many - including Sea Cadets - lighting beacons in her honour.

Marine Society and Sea Cadets' royal association goes back many years. In 1899, Sea Cadets received royal recognition when Queen Victoria presented the Windsor unit with £10 for uniforms. Cadets also took part in the Thames Pageant for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and have greeted the Queen on royal visits.

Marine Society, meanwhile, dates back to 1756 and was founded when Britain was on the brink of war with Europe. The 250th anniversary of the charity on HMS Albion in Greenwich was attended by Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 
HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF CYBER CRIME

HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF CYBER CRIME

28/03/2017

Advice has been issued to seafarers to help them avoid being victims of cyber crime.

According to the National Crime Agency, organised crime has been quick to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the internet, particularly the growth in e-commerce and online banking. 

Seafarers can be particularly vulnerable to these types of crime, with specialist criminal groups targeting individuals, small businesses and large corporate networks to steal personal information in bulk.

You can avoid becoming a victim by following tips such as making sure your anti-virus software is up to date, always using a firewall, and not opening any email attachments from unknown sources.

Find out more how you can protect yourself at: https://www.getsafeonline.org and https://www.cyberstreetwise.com/ 

 
CHANGES TO MARINE SOCIETY'S @SEA APPS

CHANGES TO MARINE SOCIETY'S @SEA APPS

13/03/2017

As part of its belief that seafarers should have access to life-enhancing education wherever they are in the world, Marine Society has made changes to its suite of award-winning apps to make them easier to use and better value for money.

The apps, which include Maths@Sea, Maths@Sea+, English@Sea and Writing@Sea, will now come under one roof – a Learn@Sea application. This new subscription-based service will cost £1.99 per month. The change comes because it was deemed unfair to make seafarers pay for a year’s access to a course that could be completed in a few days. Equally, Marine Society didn’t want to restrict the length of time a student could access a course if they only manage 15 minutes of study at a time.

Marine Society is also spreading the word about its English@Sea app. The promotion focused on Filipino seafarers, as the Philippines currently produces the world’s highest number of crew and is the largest supplier of ratings. The quality of English varies among seafarers and there is a clear need to improve comprehension. More than 2,500 Filipino seafarers have signed up, improving safety at sea. 

 
CELEBRATE WORLD BOOK DAY BY FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT SHIP LIBRARIES

CELEBRATE WORLD BOOK DAY BY FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT SHIP LIBRARIES

02/03/2017

Why not celebrate #WorldBookDay by finding out more about Marine Society's ship libraries?

The charity has been committed to supporting crew welfare and education for 100 years. We supply books to seafarers in the form of our paperback libraries, providing time out from busy schedules, as well as educational opportunities.

Marine Society has links to other book charities such as the Reading Agency and the Book Trust, while customers include Shell and Maersk and maritime training establishments such as Clyde Marine.

There are different packages available, so to find out more, visit: https://www.marinesocietyshop.org/category/71-seafarers-libraries.aspx

 

 
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