Seafarers’ charity launches global port chaplain directory

Associations, Books, Charity, Communication, HR, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Religion — By on January 19, 2015 at 1:55 PM
An image of the cover of the new directory

An image of the cover of the new directory

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has launched a revised version of its global port chaplains’ directory which helps crew get access to help and advice wherever they are in the world.

The ‘Port Chaplain Directory 2015’ contains the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the welfare organisation’s chaplains in 207 ports across 38 countries.

It lists AoS’ chaplains working in some of the world’s trouble spots in 2014 such as Ukraine and Congo, and parts of the Philippines devastated by typhoons.

The directory covers both the shipping and fishing sectors and includes AoS’ port-based and cruise chaplains.

“As seen in previous years, the directory is a fantastic resource for seafarers, chaplains and others in the maritime sector and shows the extensive nature of our work across the globe, ” said AoS national director Martin Foley.

AoS has printed 10, 000 copies of the directory to give out to seafarers at ports. It covers both the shipping and fishing sectors and includes AoS’ port-based and cruise chaplains.

The directory is available both online and in hard copy and port authorities or shipping companies wanting copies for their crews should get in contact with the charity.

“Providing up to date and accurate details of all our chaplains will be a valuable resource both for seafarers and those working in the maritime industry, ” said Foley.

“It enables our chaplains to provide holistic care for seafarers in port after port worldwide and gives seafarers a tool to get quick and easy access to assistance and advice, ” he added.

The directory can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1xnsGB2

The Apostleship of the Sea, AoS, is a registered charity and agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England & Wales and Scotland. It is wholly reliant on voluntary donations and legacies to continue its work.

90% of world trade is transported by ship, and more than 100, 000 shipsvisit British ports each year. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones, often working in harsh conditions.

AoS chaplains and ship visitors welcome seafarers to our shores – regardless of their colour, race or creed and provide them with pastoral and practical assistance. They recognise them as brothers with an intrinsic human dignity which can be overlooked in the modern globalised maritime industry.

For more information contact John Green, Director of Development on 020 7012 8607 or 07505653801 or email johngreen@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

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