As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a global pandemic. Port Saint John (“PSJ”) welcomes foreign seafarers from around the globe arriving aboard vessels entering the port. Recognizing the real potential for inadvertent transmission, we have taken the proactive step of suspending the physical operations of the Mission – both at its Tilley Road location and in respect of visits onboard vessels by the seafarers’ Chaplain. This precaution is taken out of concern for all involved, and to minimize the risk of exposure to our staff and volunteers and in turn the general public. During this period, the Mission will make contact information for the Mission’s Manager and Chaplain available to seafarers and ships’ agents and PSJ. We do so to allow the Mission to continue its operations remotely and/or to assist those in need. We will continue to monitor the situation and take such measures as directed by the authorities to ensure that we can open the doors to our physical location and resume aboard – ship operations as soon as advisable.

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