On Thursday 4th July Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary–General of the United Nations maritime department, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) joined Tilbury port chaplain, Deacon Paul Glock and National Director Martin Foley, for some ship visiting and to see first-hand the work of the Apostleship of the Sea.
Together they visited two container ships that were in the port that day. They spent time listening to the crew who shared their experiences of life at sea in the twenty-first century. Mr Sekimizu also heard from Deacon Glock of the breadth of his day to day work supporting seafarers; from helping them make contact with families and loved ones through the provision of mobile internet units, to arranging for mass to be celebrated onboard. Martin Foley, Apostleship of the Sea National Director said, ‘It was really heartening for us that the IMO Secretary-General took time out of his busy schedule to see first-hand the experience of seafarers today and also witness the vital pastoral work of our port chaplains.’
Mr Sekimizu thanked AoS for our work with seafarers and recognised we undertake the majority of ship welfare visiting in the UK and are present in nearly 300 ports around the world. Both the seafarers and the port of Tilbury made Mr Sekimizu very welcome, and we would like to thank the port of Tilbury for hosting the visit and for their ongoing support of AoS.