Seafarers’ charity brings shipping to the classroom

Academia, Associations, Charity, Events, Religion — By on July 21, 2015 at 8:53 AM

xav 2015Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is doing its bit to introduce shipping to the younger generation and promote a career at sea.

The organisation played host to work experience student Max Charlton from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London. AoS also gave several presentations at the London Nautical School as part of the school’s Nautical Day celebration on July 2.

Max, a Year 10 student, was on a two-week placement at AoS’ head office in London and during that time visited the International Maritime Organization headquarters. He even got the chance to visit a general cargo ship at Ipswich port, Suffolk and the harbourmasters office at the port.

Max was thrilled to discover and see for himself the day-to-day working environment of seafarers and how ships were steered safely into and out of the port.

“It is an environment which differs vastly to the daily routine that I am used to.  I soon came to learn that AoS was not as small as I had first perceived; working diligently to help all those working at or around the sea.

“AoS ensures that all are allowed their basic rights and are given their basic needs; food, water, salary, and protection from abuse and exploitation, ” said Max.

At the London Nautical School, AoS development director John Green and AoS London officer Roland Hayes delivered four 50-minute presentations with small groups of Year 9 boys at the school’s Nautical Day event, which comprised workshops and a career fair.

The pupils learnt about how seafarers are responsible for bringing up to 95% of the goods and services consumed in the UK and how AoS supports them in their welfare and spiritual needs.

John said, “The pupils enjoyed it and the boys engaged very well with the interactive resources we shared.”

London Nautical School head of Religious Education Dan Merrick said the pupils responded very positively to the talks and the school enjoyed having AoS with them.

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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