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Students Assisted by Nautical Grant Programme

Students Assisted by Nautical Grant Programme
Gordon Gray Howard Drysdale Shavin Seeboo grant recepientslightened

International charity the Sailors’ Society has awarded five maritime students Nautical Grants totalling more than £4,000. The charity recently undertook a review of its financial support to students studying for a career at sea, and in its latest round of grants it has released additional funds to support international maritime students studying in the UK and overseas.

Four of the grant recipients are completing training at the Glasgow Nautical College and hail from Mauritius, Bulgaria and the UK. The fifth grant was awarded to an Indonesian seafarer studying at the Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Pelayaran (STIP) Maritime Academy in Jakarta.

Revd Howard Drysdale, Port Chaplain for the Sailors’ Society in Aberdeen, said: “Since its foundation, the Society has been committed to providing access to training for young people who aspire to a career at sea, as well as for current seafarers who are renewing certificates or working towards advanced qualifications necessary for promotion. Nautical Grants can help budding seafarers to meet the costs of their courses and as a seafarers’ charity it is our pleasure to be able to support these individuals move forward in their careers.”

Mr. Shavin Seeboo, who is one of the students in Glasgow, said: “I am very grateful for all the help that Howard and the Sailors’ Society have given me. The grant has really helped with my course fees.”

The Sailors’ Society welcomes applications from students for financial support to help to meet the cost of courses relating to their careers as seafarers. Successful applicants must have been formally accepted by a Maritime Academy for training. Details of the Nautical Grant Programme can be obtained from the Society’s Principal Chaplain at


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Image: Grant recipients Gordon Gray (left) and Shavin Seeboo (right) are presented with their Nautical Grants by Howard Drysdale (centre)

Notes to Editors:

The Sailors’ Society is an inter-denominational charity which replaces isolation with belonging amongst seafarers throughout the world. Through a network of Port Chaplains and Seafarers’ Centres, operating in 30 countries in almost 100 Ports, the Society aims to enhance and enrich the lives of the 1.2million seafarers who often lead dangerous and lonely lives at sea, many miles from home. The Port Chaplains visit thousands of ships every year, directly addressing the needs of seafarers – irrespective of a person’s belief or nationality.

A reassuring presence for both current and retired seafarers and their families, the Society offers practical help, which can be as little as the resource to contact loved ones after months away, to spiritual assistance and counselling in times of need. Port Chaplains focus on improving the quality of seafarers’ lives, as well as maintaining vital links within the Ports that they operate.

For more information on the Society, please visit, or contact Nikki Jenns at Logical Creative Marketing on: 0845 345 69 69 or email:


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