the chaplain: port ministry, maritime industry and ethics.

The Chaplain and the Success of the Port

Port chaplains contribute to the success of the port by serving the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of seafarers. This service, when carried out in the highest tradition of Christian charity and ethics, improves the efficiency and safety of the company and ship.

Physical welfare
Chaplains observe the physical welfare crewmen and assist where possible. They may provide toiletries, clothing or encourage a seafarer to get health care.

Social welfare
Chaplains promote personal integrity and build moral fiber. They give warning and counsel concerning harmful habits. This creates a safer and more trusting work environment.

Emotional welfare
Chaplains watch for signs of loneliness, grief, discouragement or discontent. They encourage and advise, and base their counsel on Christian principles. (Most Chaplains are not certified counselors. They recognize critical situations and refer seafarers to qualified advisors.)

Spiritual welfare
Chaplains encourage others in their personal faith in God. They respect a person's religious beliefs, and promote their own faith appropriately.

The Chaplain in the Maritime Industry
Maritime chaplains know safety and
security are essential to the maritime industry.

Port chaplains respect safety procedures in and around the vessels and on the port. They wear safety gear appropriate to their duties, know the risks of the industry and remain clear of work areas unless invited and accompanied by proper authorities.

Chaplains respect the security regulations and MARSEC Levels of the Port.

They also contribute to port security because they are in a position to hear of and observe security threats or violations of Maritime Law, such as the smuggling or stowaways.

Port chaplains place security ahead of other responsibilities and discretely report any threats to the ship, port, community or nation to proper authorities.

The Chaplain and Seafarers
A port chaplain believes that God's love and care
extents to all people.

Respect for the seafarer
A chaplain serves everyone without regard to race, nationality, rating or rank, religion or personal lifestyle.

Respect for the individual's privacy
A chaplain meets seafarers in public areas. They do not seek personal information and avoid touching that could be interpreted as culturally or sexually inappropriate.

Respect of the individual's beliefs and values
A chaplain respects the personal beliefs and values of seafarers, knowing that they are deeply rooted in their upbringing, culture, patriotism, training, life experiences and personal reasoning.

Chaplains are not ombudsmen or spies.
A chaplain does not bring crew grievances to the officers. They do not seek information in behalf of the company.

A chaplain's personal beliefs
By tradition, chaplains may share their own personal beliefs, distribute literature or hold worship services when requested or with consent. They share their own beliefs, speak from their convictions and give counsel from the Bible with respect and gentleness.
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