Fiona recently attended the launch of a report titled 'Life at Sea: Working together in times of crisis'. The report was written by maritime charity Apostleship of the Sea.
Every year, more than 1,000 of the charity's chaplains and volunteers in 316 ports around the world visit over 70,000 ships. It’s a global network of ship-visiting on a scale unlike any other maritime organisation. Every year, Apostleship of the Sea reach more than a million seafarers.
The report shows two things:
- Having a ‘friend in port’ is still vitally important for seafarers, even in our technological age. Face-to-face contact is unique and irreplaceable, and our commitment to routine visiting can help alleviate loneliness and mental health problems in seafarers.
- Apostleship of the Sea can provide practical, emotional and pastoral care to seafarers when tragedy strikes, acting as a dependable, trusted friend in times of crisis. By working increasingly with partners in the industry, including ship managers, owners, P&I clubs and flag states, they believe they can serve seafarers better around the world. Together, they can improve welfare through regular ship visits, and help seafarers through what may be the most difficult times of their lives.
10,000 ship visits in British ports every year
70,000 visits globally
20 chaplains covering 61 ports in UK
227 chaplains covering 334 ports in 59 countries world wide
Two requests for help every week around the world – 50% from industry
You can read the report here: