Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Apostleship of the Sea

Press Release - 8 October 2019: Diocese ship visitors win global shipping award

Hartlepool ship visitors from Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) have won a global award recognising the work they do supporting seafarers’ pastoral needs and wellbeing.

Deacon Peter Barrigan, our port chaplain, who picked up the Award on behalf of the team. With him are the event’s host Colin Murray and Katie Higginbottom, Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust, ITF.

They won the Shoreside Team of the Year category at the annual IHS Markit Safety at Sea Awards held during the London International Shipping Week in September.

The winners are part of the Stella Maris’ ship visiting team led by port chaplain Deacon Peter Barrigan.

Some of the Stella Maris team of ship visitors and volunteers from the Diocese.

They saw off competition from other global maritime companies, charities and organisations, who gathered in London to pay tribute to extraordinary achievements in maritime safety and crew wellbeing.

“Our Stella Maris team in the Diocese makes a huge difference to seafarers’ lives. They’ve become trusted friends to many seafarers who arrive in the ports here,” Peter said.


The full official press release can be accessed here.


The work that Peter and the Tees port do can be seen in the following video:

About Apostleship of the Sea:

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), is a registered charity and agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England & Wales and Scotland. It is wholly reliant on voluntary donations and legacies to continue its work.

90% of world trade is transported by ship, and more than 100,000 ships visit British ports each year. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones, often working in harsh conditions.

AoS chaplains and ship visitors welcome seafarers to our shores - regardless of their colour, race or creed and provide them with pastoral and practical assistance. They recognise them as brothers with an intrinsic human dignity which can be overlooked in the modern globalised maritime industry.

For more information contact AoS on 0207 901 1931 or email: info@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.