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AoS features on BBC One Show

02nd October 2013
The pastoral and practical support provided by AoS to the crew of an arrested vessel at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex has been highlighted on the BBC One Show.
         Captain Mikhail Polyakov and able seaman Igor Alenykov of the vessel Independent have been in limbo since January after the shipping company they work for failed to settle a £32,000 fuel bill. Both have not been paid since. 
         AoS has been assisting the two men, helping them cope with the isolation and the struggles of not being with their families. Our port chaplain for Southampton and Shoreham Rev Roger Stone tells BBC presenter Alex Riley that AoS is on-hand to offer any help the crew may need, including spending time with them and taking them ashore. 
         He described the seafarers’ emotional state as vulnerable. “When I spoke with Igor his mood was low and he was depressed. His wife is struggling at home and because of that he struggles too.” 
         AoS provides seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Our port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. Last year we visited 10,032 ships and assisted 200,640 seafarers, including 6,750 with serious welfare problems.

Apostleship of the Sea ship visitors provide support to seafarers in need