The Port Authority of Castellón has provided a property where merchant seaman passing through the port of Castellón can received attention and assistance.
At the opening ceremony of the property being provided by the Port Authority to help crew members of ships stopping in in the port of Castellón, Francisco Toledo, president of the Port Authority stated,”This is a very satisfying day because the port of Castellón together with Stella Maris has been able to do something to help others.”
The centre was blessed by the Bishop of Segorbe-Castellón, Casimiro López, at a ceremony which was attended by representatives from the Town Council of Castellón, the Harbour Master’s Office, shipping agents and from Stella Maris in Barcelona and Tarregona.
Stella Maris-Castellón has also obtained help form the Federación Internacional de Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF), an organisation based in London which brings together nearly 700 unions from all over the world.
The centre has more than 100 square metres and is situated in front of the garden of the port at the beginning of Ferrandis Salvador Avenue, and will managed and looked after by volunteers. The centre has been completely redecorated and prepared for its new function which will provide social services, has a wi-fi connection, a games room computers and a reading room.
The president of the Port Authority highlighted the importance of the voluntary work of those from the Apostolado del Mar which has enabled this project to be planned and brought into operation. Most of these are people whose profession is connected to the sea and who are able to offer seaman arriving in the port of Castellón information about the services that are available for them, how they can come ashore, how they can best make contact with their families via internet, receive advice on matters concerning their employment, healthcare or medical attention, tourist information or attend religious services.
The parish of Grao de Castellón will be in charge of coordinating the services designed to attend to the needs of the approximately 30,000 merchant seaman who arrive annually at the port of Castellón.