With seafarers in the front line of maintaining the world’s trade, in the midst of COVID-19, Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) port chaplains are provide them with practical help and pastoral care.
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Five fishermen were adrift in the Indian Ocean following their vessel’s engine failure and were then saved by the maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), which towed the ship and brought the fishermen back to shore.
15% of deaths at sea are by suicide. The key question to ask when shocking tragedies onboard come to light is this: do they signify social isolation? And, what leads to seafarers’ social isolation? Recent SAFETY4SEA Poll finds that seafarers want their work to be less stressful. Increased workload and the subsequent fatigue were reported the biggest obstacles for social life onboard gathering 38% of our readers’ votes, surpassing other “barriers” like isolation from family (10%), connectivity (19%); bureaucracy (17%) and team bonding (16%).
British charity Apostleship of the Sea issued their Life at Sea report detailing cases they have encountered while providing support to seafarers around the world in 2017-2018. These stories, summarizing the eight challenges that crews of today have to face, aim to demonstrate that, by working in partnership, we can all improve the lives of seafarers and fishermen around the world.
North P&I Club and seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea have collaborated to spread the Christmas spirit to seafarers for a second year in a row, by handling over 67 Christmas shoeboxes to Paul Atkinson, AoS port chaplain for Blyth & Tyne.
‘Slavery is not yet ended’, said Archbishop Sanchez Sorondo of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences Slavery at the 24th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea in Taiwan. The Congress titled, ‘Caught in the Net’ focused specifically on the welfare and lives of fishermen around the world.
Port chaplains from across Canada from the Apostleship of the Sea gathered last week in Montreal for their annual conference, organised by their national office, to review their work and plan for future growth.
In order to enhance merchant shipping in UK, the Port of Tyne has introduced a new fund, to help seafarers who are in need of welfare support while visiting the port. The welfare fund is expected to further enable visits to ships, legal support, translation and communication support, counselling, transport and emergency care.
The replacement crew of a Panama-registered ship asks repatriation, as the ship has been detained in Sharpness Docks, Gloucestershire, for over two months, amid claims ‘modern day slavery’ conditions. The ship has been detained since early June, for unpaid wages and poor working conditions.
Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) responded to the spiritual and faith needs of the crew of container ship CMA CGM Africa Four when it called at Tilbury port in late July.
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