The Eye of the Heron at Port Manatee

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Urgent Care

An agent from one of Port Manatee’s shipping companies walked in Thursday morning asking if we could take a seafarer with some chest pains to Urgent Care. I dropped what I was doing and then decided exactly where to take him. He was not horribly uncomfortable, but he...

57 Million Gallons of Orange Juice

I recently learned that we received 57,000,000 gallons of orange juice here at Port Manatee in 2020.  My ship count totals 14 tankers (called reefers) and many other container ships with smaller tanks on them. Let me do some math in approximation. If the average truck...

The Zip Drives Worked!

I was in my office catching up trying to finish a few things I had started earlier.  It was about 5:15pm and I was between van runs dropping off seafarers at Walmart and picking them up. A young seafarer came in our front door and headed straight to my office. “You...

Reputation for Integrity and Service

Chaplain Trish and I boarded a ship which had never been to Port Manatee before. It is always interesting to meet new captains and crews. We were brought into their ship office; and the chief officer, 3rd officer and captain came to greet us. The captain had sent a...

Taking Tea

Part of international ministry is learning culture. I am not a big fan of tea. But there are two times I will take tea: in Uganda when served to me in homes or church gatherings and onboard a ship. A couple weeks ago one of our regular lumber ships visited and I went...

Christmas Preparations 12 9 2020

The captain of one of our weekly ships asked us to purchase Christmas trees, lights and decorations to make the ship look festive. We were able to bring those Christmas decorations onboard today. The ship would be in port 17 hours total. No time for them to come to...