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AoS helps stranded seafarers in Baltimore

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AOS 22112016Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is providing support for a group of seafarers who have been stranded on board their ship since the 20th September in Baltimore harbour. 

According to media reports the ship’s owner is behind on payments for the operation of the vessel meaning that it has been stranded at anchorage.

Together with other agencies in the port AoS has been working to provide the crew with material, spiritual and emotional support.

AoS port chaplain, Father John Fitzgerald said “Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus we have been able to obtain a new flat screen TV for the crew, this will help keep their spirits up at this difficult time.  As most of the crew are foreign, they are unable to come ashore, they can see the land but can’t walk on it’

In the years following the global recession AoS port chaplains around the world have been helping numerous crews enduring such circumstances.

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


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