On June 24, 2019 Scientology announced it’s 31st annual Maiden Voyage celebration aboard their cruise ship Freewinds.
In the article describing both the ship and the event, they make the claim; “Such is her reputation, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) appointed the Freewinds as a training platform to train crew members Caribbean-wide on maritime standards—a distinction it has held since 2007.”
This claim has been repeated on social media and is also currently found on Scientology’s site dedicated to Freewinds.
According to their website, The International Maritime Organization “is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships.”
marineinsight.com explains the IMO’s responsibilities as to “develop and preserve a comprehensive framework of regulations and policies for the shipping industry and its activities like the maritime security, safety, technical cooperation, environmental concerns and legal matters.”
For Scientology’s private, religious retreat vessel to be appointed as a training platform by such an important, dedicated organization is both a high honor and a great achievement.
Bestowed with such a weighty responsibility by a respected United Nations agency indicates that the IMO found a ship being run by like minded seamen and women, dedicated to upholding the laws, policies and regulations of the shipping industry.
Certainly this honor and trust is something worth including as part of excellent press for Scientology, the Sea Organization and Freewinds’ crew.
Except for one, small detail.
Scientology is lying.