A typical week?

Aye, that would be nice! What is typical? Thankfully every week is different and brings it’s own challenges and joys.

Ancient TV!
The ‘ancient’ TV!

So I had a funeral to prepare for and conduct on Monday for a retired seafarer before I headed for the airport. A flight from Aberdeen to London Heathrow then a £5 (each way?) transfer to the Sheraton Hotel where I had 4 hours sleep – and it wasn’t because I was watching TV – as it didn’t work! As can be seen in the picture, this was a ‘historic’ giant TV, more suited to a museum than a 4 star hotel!

Anyway, early flight to Athens airport on Tuesday where I met Vroon Group Managing Director, Coco Vroon, and VOS Aberdeen’s Managing Director, Evert Maandag, both of whom were accompanied by their wives. Hiring a minibus then travel to our hotel in Athens with only 30 minutes to unpack, have a shower and get organised for the Vessel Christening of VOS Grace.

It was a great occasion and lots of conversations and support offered to the crews who are doing a terrific job in difficult circumstances. VOS Grace is currently based in Greece, performing humanitarian work in the Mediterranean. Since last autumn, she has been involved in refugee-rescue duties, together with the UK Border Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

It was a welcome break for the crew and a refreshing time when I told a couple of my terrible jokes before asking God’s blessing on her and her crew then presenting the Captain, Bill Tripp with a ships Bible.

We then went into the mess room where the Godmother cut the cake made by the cook and enjoyed some banter… Later that evening we went to a lovely restaurant for a meal and enjoyed a relaxing time before I headed back to the hotel for 4 hours sleep and then up for the early flight and joining three of the crew who were also travelling back to Aberdeen.

Here are some pictures…

VOS Grace
VOS Grace
The cake made by the cook
The cake made by the cook

 

VOS Grace
VOS Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vos Grace Christening Party
Vos Grace Christening Party

 

 

 

 

 

The Godmother & Captain's
The Godmother & Captain’s
Marines lifting the Godmother!
Marines lifting the Godmother!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Messroom
In the Messroom

 

 

 

 

 

Chatting in the messroom with the medics!
Chatting in the messroom with the medics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The meal was in an outstanding location as well as tasting fantastic. The conversations with all were good too!

It was a lovely setting...
It was a lovely setting…            
And superb food too...
And superb food too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then it was back to the hotel and the journey home!

Next day I was in the Centre organising things for ship visits and the Trustees Meeting in the afternoon. A good meeting and really positive too!

They each got a goody bag!
They each got a goody bag!
Some of our trustees!
Some of our trustees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now am updating my webpage…

I was somewhat embarrassed to learn that some seafarers had nominated me for a prize! Here is what ISWAN said:

The shortlist for the International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards has been announced. The Awards ceremony will take place on 24th June at The Manila Hotel in the Philippines. The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year; Individual (sponsored by The International Chamber of Shipping):

Pst Joseph Chacko (India); Howard Drysdale (UK); Rev Stephen Miller (East Asia); Maike Puchert (Germany); Fr Edward Pracz (Poland); Roger Stone (UK) are all finalists.
Not really expecting to win, indeed, I would have preferred the Seafarers Centre itself to be nominated in its own right! Time will tell…
So much more is going on… but time to head home.
Enjoy your evening – my wife wants me to make cauliflower cheese… A woman’s work is never done! ;o)

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