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ISS Lighthouse Relay Voyage
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ports the baton has visited and click on any of the icons to view the full report
The Bell Rock Lighthouse was completed in 1811 by famed lighthouse builder Robert
Stevenson, grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson. It was Scotland’s greatest
engineering feat at the time - a huge construction challenge and a testament to
human ingenuity and endurance and reckoned to be one of the seven wonders of the
industrial world. Upon its centenary in 1911, our founder, James Lyle Mackay, took
his title from the reef on which the lighthouse stood - the Inchcape Rock, 11 miles
off the coast of his home town of Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland.
200 years later, to celebrate these historical events, ISS sponsored the Bell Rock
Lighthouse Bicentenary Conference in Edinburgh, in the presence Her Royal Highness
the Princess Royal, customers, dignitaries and maritime journalists. To mark the occasion,
ISS launched the ISS Lighthouse Relay Voyage,
a major Corporate Social Responsibility initiative benefiting disadvantaged communities
in all the countries around the world where ISS does business.
A commemorative baton containing a scroll with all nominated charities listed on
it was handed to our UK General Manager, marking the start of the Relay
Voyage. Now each ISS country GM will arrange to transport the baton to the next
country with the support where possible of our customers’ vessels, progressing
the voyage around the world.
Each charity has been chosen by our local country managers who have embraced this
CSR initiative wholeheartedly and who are now responsible for organising the necessary
events to raise funds for local causes. Their aim is to ensure donations reach our
minimum target of US$1,000 per country plus match funding by ISS of a further US$1,000.
At each relay port when the baton departs on board ship bound for the next country,
a brief handover ceremony will be held. The ISS country GM or Port Manager, a representative
of the benefiting charity, the port or terminal’s own management and the ship’s
Master will be present and a cheque or pledge will be presented by ISS to the Charity
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