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- Ship Visiting

Ship Visiting

shipvisitingThe Apostleship of the Sea chaplains and pastoral workers visit crews onboard ships in port. For seafarers it is a sign of our interest in them. The Apostleship of the Sea ship visitors report that, with very few exceptions, they are warmly welcomed on board, and their visits are highly appreciated. Ship visitors listen to seafarers. If seafarers have problems, ship visitors offer any assistance possible.

Ship visitors may give other practical help, for example: distributing maps of local services; offering books, videos and DVDs to the crew, and providing transport to shops or seafarers' centres.

For ships which have groups of Catholics among the crew, ship visitors may arrange for a Chaplain to come onboard for confessions and Holy Mass.

Photograph: Sr Mary Leahy ship visits in Port Botany, Sydney Australia

Going on board of the vessel and offering our services to seafarers enables us to enter their world and assist them in any issues they have problems with, it can be just a lift to shops to begin with, but as they see our interest in them they will discuss their serious concerns with us as they trust us.

Snezhana Taylor, ship visitor
Port of Hull, Great Britain.

 

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