On January 3, 2021 a traditional Christmas meeting for shipping professionals and their families was held in the Redemptorist Church in Gdynia. Such meetings are organized annually by The Apostleship of the Sea.
The meeting was inaugurated by the Holy Mass for seafarers and their relatives, held by the auxiliary bishop of the Gdańsk Archdiocese, Bishop Zbigniew Zieliński. After the mass, the participants shared the wafer - this time symbolically and in a sanitary regime.
This year, due to the epidemic situation, the event was attended by significantly fewer people than usual. Apart from the seafarers and their families, also parliamentarians, representatives of local authorities and maritime industry companies were present. Polish Register of Shipping in the ceremony was represented by the Board Member, Dariusz Rudziński, who, in a statement for TVP Gdańsk, recalled the role of PRS for the maritime economy: "We make sure that the ships that are built, that are in operation, provide the highest possible level of protection for their crews, but also that they provide security for the cargo carried."
Shipping professionals are the staff of ships, primarily the merchant fleet carrying about 90% of all goods transported in the world, but also employees of the deep sea fishing industry, ports, shipyards and many companies working for the maritime industry. Their work is difficult, challenging and often dangerous, especially in the current situation. The annual Christmas meeting is an opportunity to thank them, pay tribute and entrust them to the protection of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, also known as Stella Maris.