Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has received a grant of £60,000 from Seafarers UK towards the costs of its welfare and pastoral support for seafarers.
The funding gives AoS a boost and will ensure its work with seafarers is able to continue, according to AoS development director John Green.
“As ever we are grateful to Seafarers UK for the generous grant. It is also testimony to the excellent work of our port chaplains and ship visiting volunteers up and down the country,” he added.
Last year AoS’ port chaplains and ship visitors visited 9,821 ships and assisted 196,420 seafarers, providing a range of services from SIM cards and transport to faith resources and celebrating Mass on board.
Seafarers UK also partly funded AoS’ regional coordinators’ conference held in Sydney from 11 to 13 March.
Seafarers UK, which celebrates its Centenary in 2017, provides grants to specialised maritime projects and organisations such as AoS, carries out fundraising activities and campaigns to raise awareness of the UK’s dependence on seafarers.
In 2015 it awarded grants totalling £3.6 million.
Its annual Seafarers Awareness Week will be held from 20 – 26 June this year and promotes UK maritime job opportunities, at sea and ashore.
This year’s Seafarers UK fundraising challenges include RideLondon100, Virgin Money London Marathon and The 24 Peaks Challenge.