Societies and Organisations:

Apostleship of the Sea

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) works for the spiritual and social welfare of all seafarers.

The AoS has a network of Chaplains, both lay and ordained, supported by fully trained and equipped volunteer Ship Visitors, working in ports throughout England, Scotland and Wales. We are particularly active in the north east of England, especially in our diocese, with a presence in all of the commercial ports in the region.

Estimates suggest that 60% of all seafarers worldwide are Catholic or come from Catholic countries.

The AoS exists to help seafarers sustain and nourish their faith whilst away from home and family for long periods. It is noteworthy that 95% of all trade travels by sea, so we all rely upon seafarers for much of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and for other consumables. The AoS is an agency of the Bishops' Conference in England and Wales, and the Conference of Bishops in Scotland. We all share in the work of AoS through the annual Sea Sunday collection in July.

Port Chaplains:

Mr Paul Atkinson
Port of Tyne, Sunderland, Berwick upon Tweed, and Blyth
Mobile: 07906 212426

Deacon Peter Barrigan
Tees & Hartlepool, and Seaham
Mobile: 07713 924504


Both Paul and Peter are available to give talks on the work of the Apostleship of the Sea to parish groups, schools or other groups by arrangement.

Head Office details:

Mr Martin Foley
National Director
Apostleship of the Sea
39 Eccleston Square

Direct dial 0207 901 1933 - Mainline 0207 901 1931



Registered Charity Numbers: England & Wales 1069883, Scotland SC043085.

Registered Company Number: 3320318



New Port Chaplain appointed

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has appointed Deacon Peter Barrigan as the new Port Chaplain for Tees & Hartlepool. He succeeds Tony McAvoy who has retired after sixteen years in the post.

Peter has been a long time supporter and volunteer with AoS, and with their support he completed an Ecumenical Course in Chaplaincy at Ushaw College some years ago, and subsequently completed a diploma in evangelisation studies at the Maryvale Institute in London. Peter then embarked upon diaconate formation and was ordained a Deacon by Bishop Séamus in July 2012.

Peter can be contacted by:
mobile 07713 924504, or you can
email him.