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Ship visits all part of Apostleship’s mission in Tilbury

SHIP visits will continue to be a vital part of seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea’s (AoS) work in Thames and Essex in 2015.

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The organisation is continuing its efforts to provide seafarers practical and pastoral support through its network of port chaplains, ship visiting volunteers and parish and community contacts in the region.

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Wojciech Holub, AoS port chaplain for London Gateway and Tilbury visited 581 ships last year at those ports. 

In June, Wojciech visited a vessel where he met a Filipino seafarer who had lost family members during Typhoon Haiyan.

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“He could not hold back his tears. He told me that he had lost his sister, nephew, niece and aunt. The family also lost their home in the Philippines and has become the bread winner,” said Wojciech who also provided the seafarer with contact details of AoS’ network of port chaplains in the Philippines.

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In August, Wojciech supported the crew of a ferry on which a migrant was found dead inside a shipping container at Tilbury port.Â

The discovery had left the crew of the ship distressed and Wojciech visited the ship to provide pastoral care.

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“The crew members were anxious and stressed following the incident. They requested for Mass and a blessing on board the ship which I organised.”

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Wojciech also visited a ship in December and provided its crew much needed assistance and support after they were left distraught and anxious following the death of a colleague.

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The ship arrived in Tilbury late on a Thursday night and Wojciech arranged for a memorial service on be held on board the vessel after receiving a request from the crew.

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Across ports in Great Britain, AoS visited 9,951 ships last year and assisted 199,020 seafarers.

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To find out more about the work of AoS in 2014 please download the HYPERLINK "http://bit.ly/1KP6UNc" 2014 Annual Review here.

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