Global maritime network Stella Maris says that as the war in Ukraine continues, there's an urgent need for the shipping industry to step up its support for Ukrainian seafarers and their families and work in partnership with the charity.
The recommendations, including a call to support the Centenary Emergency Fund, are in the Stella Maris Life at Sea report, which focuses on the 'exceptional' work its port chaplains have carried out in Ukraine on behalf of seafarers and their families impacted by the conflict.
The report, which was released ahead of the international Day of the Seafarer on Sunday 25 June 2023, shows how its chaplains have made a vital difference to many seafarers and families facing hardship and desperation, from offering safe housing for Ukrainian refugees, through to delivering humanitarian relief, and helping reunite families.
Stella Maris, working in partnership with the shipping industry, has so far provided £150,000 in grants to 300 Ukrainian seafarers and their families over the last year.
Stella Maris CEO Tim Hill MBE said, 'From the day war broke out, Stella Maris has been on the ground supporting seafarers and their families facing an unprecedented crisis. Today, our team remain in the port city of Odesa, doing everything possible to stand with those who need help.
'As the conflict in Ukraine continues, there's an urgent need to keep supporting seafarers. We are calling on the shipping industry to step up its support for Ukrainian seafarers and their families by partnering with Stella Maris in the coming year. By contributing to our Centenary Emergency Fund, supporting a seafarers' counselling service and donating to the work of our team in Odesa, industry partners can show their commitment to Ukrainian seafarers – and demonstrate kindness amid conflict.'
To support the Centenary Emergency Fund – or donate to to Stella Maris – contact Ian Stokes, Head of Corporate Engagement, via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download the Life at Sea report 2022