Apostleship of the Sea Hails Role of Women

Posted by Michelle Howard
Friday, March 07, 2014

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has paid tribute to its women port chaplains and ship visiting volunteers ahead of International Women’s Day 2014.


 
AoS says women have and will continue to play a significant role within the organisation. It currently has women port chaplains in East Anglia, Plymouth and Hull, as well as many women ship visiting volunteers up and down the country.
 


Their energy and fantastic work in helping meet seafarers’ practical and spiritual needs are an inspiration to many.


 
AoS National Director Martin Foley said; “On this International Women’s Day we give thanks for the work of our female lay chaplains and ship visitors. We also give credit to female seafarers for their important work.”


 
One ship visitor is Ruth Watt, who quietly goes about her ministry in Fraserburgh and Peterhead ports in Scotland.
 


Ruth also gives presentations and recently spoke to a group of ladies from the Friendship Club about AoS’ work in the northeast corner of Scotland.
 


The ladies were enthralled to hear about the work Ruth and other AoS volunteers do for seafarers. They made a donation which Ruth has used to provide top up phone cards for seafarers who visit Peterhead port.
 


The local shops are a few miles from the port with limited transport so Ruth carries much needed means of communication required by visiting seafarers.


 
Another ship visitor Bryony Watson began ship visiting in December 2012 and visits ships in Immingham, Grimsby and on the Trent. She has lived close to the coast all her life and is currently studying for a degree in fine art.


 
“I get such a warm feeling when leaving a ship and hearing the words, ‘Thank you for your visit.’ And I know that however small my input seemed to me, it was greatly appreciated. This work brings as many rewards to me as it does to the seafarer, and I find that a humbling experience,” she says.
 
 
 AoS port chaplains and ship visitors provide seafarers with a range of help, including SIM cards, religious literature, and transport to local shops and churches. They also visit seafarers in hospital and liaise with their families back home.
 


As well as this, they assist and support seafarers in matters relating to welfare, piracy and employment.
 

 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Hornbeck Offshore Ride High on Q2 2014 Results

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  Following are highlights for this period and excerpts

BAE Systems Awarded Two Navy Contract Modifications

The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded separate contracts to BAE Systems in Jacksonville and in Norfolk for ship repairs and modifications as follows: 1.

DW to Present at Upcoming Floating LNG 2014, Houston

Douglas-Westwood (DW) says that its manager in Houston, Andrew B. Meyers will be joining the speakers on the platform at the upcoming 27th-30th October 2014 'Floating

Ports

Growing American Shipping Bill Introduced by Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, informs ot the introduction of  H.

Port Manatee's 3 projects to get underway

Port Manatee has been awarded a $1,837,500 security grant, allowing the port to proceed with three significant projects. The award, the second-highest for any

Strike at Argentina's Customs Houses

A strike has been announced at Argentina's Customs houses between the hours of 1100 and 2400 tomorrow (31 July) and on Friday (1 August). For operations

News

Exxon Mobil Corporation Declares 3Q Dividend

The Board of Directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation yesterday declared a cash dividend of 69 cents per share on the Common Stock, payable on September 10, 2014 to

FortisBC Set to Expand its Tilbury LNG Facility

FortisBC Energy Inc. today selected Bechtel Canada Co. (Bechtel) as the contractor for its Tilbury LNG Facility Expansion Project in Delta, B.C. (Project). The

Port Manatee's 3 projects to get underway

Port Manatee has been awarded a $1,837,500 security grant, allowing the port to proceed with three significant projects. The award, the second-highest for any

Maritime Safety

USCG Cutter Waesche Home from RIMPAC Exercises

The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche has returned to port at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, after spending three weeks at sea participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercises,

UN Places Sanctions against North Korean Shippers

The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on the North Korean shippers that operate the vessel Chong Chon Gang, seized by Panama in July 2013 for

MOL Ship Management Earns Energy/Enviromental Certifications

First company to receive ISO50001 certification from Nihon Kaiji Kyokai.   MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. (MOLSHIP), a core ship management company in the corporate group headed by Mitsui O.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1140 sec (9 req/sec)