Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra and the Prelate promoter of the Apostleship of the Sea Ghana, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie has called for improvement and safety of seafarers as they are exposed to lots of risks in their line of duty.
The Archbishop in his keynote address at the launch of the Centenary celebration of The Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris) Ghana, ceased the opportunity to draw attention to the need for safety of seafarer’s.
“Safety and living conditions of work must be improved. We call on the centre officers to work diligently to curb accidents at sea. There is the need for proper training of workers on simple measures at sea, as well as improvement of vessel monitoring systems,” he said.
Archbishop Kwofie called on agencies to work together to protect seafarers.
‘As the Bishop promoter of the activities of the Apostleship of the Sea in Ghana, I call on all agencies to work together, discuss and identify better ways to serve seafarers, to serve fish workers and in fact students in the Maritime universities’ he said.
He also prayed for these people saying, ‘we pray to the Lord to protect all these seafarer’s, fish workers, their families and all workers in the Maritime industry. They are doing so much to provide food for us’
The Apostleship of the Sea in Ghana is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris, working in more than 354 ports in over 55 countries with over 200 port chaplains and hundreds of ship visitors and volunteers.
Apostleship of the Sea, also known as the Stella Maris is an international organisation in the Catholic church that seeks the pastoral, spiritual, humanitarian and psychological well being of seafarer’s, fisher folks and their families and by extension all those working in the maritime industry.