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AoS chaplain describes 'humbling meeting' with migrant rescue ship captain
AoS chaplain describes 'humbling meeting' with migrant rescue ship captain

An AoS port chaplain has described a poignant meeting with the captain of a ship that rescued hundreds of migrants lost at sea in a small boat. Steve Willows went on board the ship, mv Erasmusgracht, which berthed at Immingham Docks in Lincolnshire recently. He met Captain Joop van Zadel, the Dutch master of the ship, who recounted how he and his crew saved 393 Syrian refugees in the Ionian Sea in 2014. On 5 December 2014, the ship received a call from Italian coastguard asking them if they could assist a boat with people on board who needed assistance.

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Middlesbrough: Bishop commends 'quiet work' of AoS
Middlesbrough: Bishop commends 'quiet work' of AoS

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) brings "great blessings, great comfort and great joy to the many who receive the ministry", Bishop of Middlesbrough Bishop Terry Drainey said at the end of Mass to mark the feast of Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea at St Mary's Cathedral in Middlesbrough. Bishop Drainey thanked AoS' port chaplains and ship visitors for the work they do supporting seafarers. "It is a very quiet work, lots of people wouldn't know about it but such essential and important work," he said.

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 Bishop of Nottingham celebrates Mass with seafarers on board ship
Bishop of Nottingham celebrates Mass with seafarers on board ship

The Bishop of Nottingham, Rt Rev Patrick McKinney, celebrated Mass with seafarers and blessed their ship when he visited the Immingham port on March 3.Upon arrival at the port Bishop Patrick was welcomed by Apostleship of the Sea's (AoS) Immingham port chaplains Fr Colum Kelly and Steve Willows Wearing a high-vis jacket and hard hat, he boarded the Red Orchid, a ship bringing biomass from Canada. It was the first time the Bishop had been on a cargo ship.

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