Apostleship of the Sea (GB) sets up new seafarers’ helpline

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A new out of hours helpline and referral service has been set up by the Apostleship of the Sea (GB) to offer support to seafarers when chaplains are off duty or unavailable.

The AoS (GB) has signed a contract with the International Seafarers Assistance Network for the provision of the SeafarerHelp service, which will start from early February and will operate out of hours seven days a week when the port chaplains are off duty.

Martin Foley, the Aos (GB) National Director, said: “Our port chaplains and volunteers already provide valuable help and support to seafarers of all nationalities and religions visiting our ports here in Great Britain, whatever time of the day or night it is needed. This new out of hours service will allow us to extend this support to those occasions when our chaplains are off duty or unavailable.”

ISAN Chairman Mark Chahine-Warrington said: “Our SeafarerHelp service already provides help and support globally to over 3,000 seafarers of all nationalities each year through our multilingual helpline operators. We regard the service as an industry asset, and anything we can do to assist our colleagues in AoS (GB) in supporting seafarers we are very happy to provide.”

The service will be subject to regular reviews to make sure it is fully effective in enabling AoS (GB) and ISAN to meet the needs of seafarers in accordance with their different, but complimentary, aims and objectives.