Blessing of the Fleet at Sydney Fish Market
On Sunday, we were involved in celebrating one of oldest traditions amongst fishing communities in the world, and as a community help bless the local Sydney fishing fleet, wishing them safe travels and a prosperous year ahead.
Courtesy of the Association Bagnara Calabra, the statue of the Madonna—the Santa Maria Di Porto Salvo (literally translated as Saint Mary of Safe Ports or Safe Harbour)—is taken on a colourful procession around the site with a youthful marching band, returning to the wharf to bless the decorated local fishing fleet.
From 1 January 2021, float-free emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) will be mandatory on certain types of domestic commercial vessels. We donated a new GME Float Free EPIRB, which was drawn from a hat for one of the vessels that participated in the parade. The lucky and most grateful winner (of a prize we hope he never needs), was Mr Paul Bagnato, the owner of the fishing vessel ARAKIWA.