Mersey Tapiit firm live-streams mass to ship’s crew
From its base in Liverpool, Tapiit Live live-streamed a Catholic mass delivered by Father Paulo H Prigol in Manila to a vessel out at sea
Liverpool maritime training company Tapiit Live has staged the first ever live-stream mass to seafarers aboard an offshore support vessel.
The inaugural ‘offshore live mass’ was broadcast over WIFI by Father Paulo H Prigol, chaplain of ship-visiting network Stella Maris Manila, a catholic charity which cares for seafarers and their families.
The broadcast was made to the vessel sailing from America to the East while Father Paulo conducted the mass from Manila while production of the filming was managed live by Tapiit’s team in Liverpool.
The ‘Simbang Gabi’ mass celebrated by Father Paolo was part of a traditional nine-day series of masses practised in the Philippines in anticipation of Christmas.
Tapiit Live chief executive Richard Turner said the live broadcast was made possible following a new deal Tapiit struck with sat-comms provider Inmarsat in October. The deal gives Tapiit enough bandwidth to live-stream training and events to almost 10,000 ships worldwide.
“With seafarers under so much pressure we jumped at the chance to help,” said Mr Turner. “Seafarers are caught in the eye of the COVID storm with up to 400,000 unable to return home at the end of their contracts.
“A huge number of those are Filipino as they make up around a quarter of world’s 1.2m merchant seafarers. Their Catholic faith is very important to them and it is brilliant that we are using this new partnership with Inmarsat to support them. This is the kind of positivity and innovation we wanted to create when we set up Tapiit Live.”
In a message sent to Tapiit, the crew praised the initiative, which they said had given them a welcome boost during such difficult times. They said: “We, the Filipino crew, thank all the parties involved for organising the online mass. We are thankful for uplifting our spirits despite what’s happening now. We are far away from our families and the message was timely appropriate.”
Ian Stokes, head of corporate engagements and partnerships at Stella Maris, added: “This is a hugely significant event and Stella Maris was delighted to be at the heart of providing spiritual support to this crew.
“Faith plays an integral part in the lives of many seafarers and their families and can be enormously beneficial to mental health. We look forward to further such ventures with Tapiit.”
The launch of live-stream masses follows Tapiit’s recent announcement of a new package of mental health courses for seafarers. The sessions are the first ever mental health courses to be live-streamed both onshore and offshore. The three courses include support for leaders, crew and also a tailored package for coronavirus related issues.
Tapiit Maritime was established by Mr Turner, a former seafarer and managing director of Shell Ship Management, in 2019. Initially the company focused on shore-based training quickly growing offering thousands of courses worldwide in more than 50 countries.
The company began to diversify into live-stream training towards the end of 2019 a process that has been accelerated by coronavirus resulting in the launch of Tapiit Live earlier this year.