Welcome news for the Mission to Seafarers in Scotland as Rev Tom Allen’s appointment as Chaplain of the Scottish Ports is announced. Tom is at present Vicar of Oakworth in the Diocese of Bradford. Piskie bloggers and others will immediately recognise him as Big Bulky Anglican. The post represents a significant development of the ministry of MTS in Scotland and builds on the tremendous work done by Rev Robin Underhill during the past few years. Tom will be based near Grangemouth where he will work approximately two days each week – the rest of his time being spent developing a network of ship-visiting ministry across Scotland. He has had a long interest in maritime affairs and chaplaincy and, not surprisingly, is deeply interested in the applications of new technology to ministry.