The Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to many of the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat. Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face.

We work in over 200 ports in 50 countries with 121 Seafarers’ Centres caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our network of chaplains, staff and volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers' centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.

With our large global footprint, we are well placed to respond immediately to seafarers when they arrive in port. All our Chaplains are trained in post-traumatic stress counselling and can spot when all is not well with a seafarer.  The daily interactions of our Chaplains help resolve seafarers’ problems, which goes some way to contributing to safety at sea and improving mental well-being.

2018 statistics

Ship visits: 70,600, encountering 353,000 seafarers on board their vessels. This is a rise of 8% on 2017

Centres: 673,000 visits to our 121 seafarers’ centres. This is a rise of 16% from 2017

Transport: 439,000 seafarers used our vans, an enormous rise of 64% (due in part to the new transportation service in Southampton and the Humber, as well as support for chaplaincies in Oakland)

Justice and Welfare: 726 cases