The dangers of shipping and fishing should not be underestimated, says Apostleship of the Sea, following the collision of a tanker ship and bulk carrier in the English Channel on the 1st July.
Media reported that tanker Seafrontier, which was loaded with petrol, collided with Huayang Endeavour was en route to Lagos in Nigeria in the early morning of Saturday 1st July.
The tanker returned to the port of Antwerp for repairs. Whilst there the crew had the opportunity to visit the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) seafarers’ centre for some much needed rest and relaxation.
Fr Jos Vanhoof, AoS Belgium national director said "fortunately no one was injured in this collision. Visiting the crew once this ship returned to port was a priority for us to offer any help we could at what would have been a stressful time for the crew. This collision is a reminder of the dangers seafarers face each day to bring us various goods and food we rely on."
Last year, AoS visited more than 70,000 ships across the world in over 300 ports. On Sunday, July 9, churches across the world will celebrate Sea Sunday to remember and pray for seafarers and their families, and those who support them.