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AoS working to make Britain’s newest port seafarer-friendly

11th November 2013
The newest port in the United Kingdom recently opened its berths to receive its first vessel. Costing £1.5bn, the ultra-modern London Gateway facility is expected to create 27,000 jobs in London and the South East and contribute £2.4bn a year to its economy.
            Hundreds of container ships carrying thousands of tonnes of goods worth millions of dollars will call at the port over the years but more importantly, so will the many seafarers, who will need practical and pastoral support. 
            Our Tilbury and Thames port chaplain Wojciech Holub was at the opening ceremony of London Gateway. Here he shares with us his initial thoughts about the day.
            “As I make my way to London Gateway this morning, I am amazed by the sheer size and scale of the terminal. Eight massive cranes, and each one bigger than the London Eye. Once fully operational, they will handle 3.5 million containers a year. The biggest, the fastest, the best… according the news on the car radio…

            “MOL Caledon is the first commercial vessel to berth at London Gateway, and it brings us something more than the goods we take for granted. On board I am meeting seafarers, friends, who I met 52 days earlier in Tilbury port. They come as they are - substantially different in nature to all the concrete and steel we see around us, that we so admire today. This very day is also about and for them.”

AoS Tilbury port chaplain Wojciech Holub with seafarers at London Gateway
Wojciech with seafarers at London Gateway.